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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid


SCP-XXXX during its 2014 manifestation. Hover to enlarge.

Special Containment Procedures: Remote monitoring of Beta Cancri has been assigned to Joint Research Task Force Phi-4 ("Zodiac Hunters"), composed of members of the SCPF Department of Essophysics and the Astronomical Phenomena Division. Extensive observation of SCP-XXXX is to occur during the astronomical summer, until JRTF Phi-4 determines that it has initiated an essophysical manifestation event. JRTF Phi-4 will then approximate its destination on Earth within one kilometer of accuracy using resources provided by the Department of Essophysics. In order to protect SCP-XXXX, the area of its manifestation must be restricted from civilian access until the essophysical manifestation event terminates.

Containment procedures for the mass extinction of crabs are presently being drafted and will be put into effect if SCP-XXXX is neutralized.

Description: SCP-XXXX is Beta Cancri, the brightest star in the zodiacal constellation of Cancer, and is theorized to be a large-scale essophysical anomaly embodying all animals of the taxological infraorder Brachyura: colloquially, marine and terrestrial crabs. SCP-XXXX's essophysical properties constitute any significant injury, emotional trauma, or large-scale containment efforts imposed upon it affecting crablife in an analogous fashion.

Although SCP-XXXX appears to have voluntarily manifested within baseline reality as Beta Cancri, it is still capable of projecting its form elsewhere in the universe during an essophysical manifestation event, usually as a mundane crab. Attempts to communicate with SCP-XXXX in any of its forms have been unilaterally unsuccessful.

All documented manifestations have occurred annually on beaches during the summertime. The exact parameters for the selected locations are ambiguous, but it has been noted that recorded sites of manifestation have been clear of precipitation and possess generally warm temperatures.

All documented manifestation events have followed a similar process, recorded below.

  1. SCP-XXXX manifests on a terrestrial beach as an ostensibly non-anomalous crab. It is usually not noticed by beachgoers at this time, barring one manifestation where it presented as a coconut crab (Birgus latro).
  2. SCP-XXXX searches for a suitable nesting ground in the surrounding sand where it can bury its body. The criteria for this selection is poorly understood but is assumed to be related to the warmth of the sand and access to sunlight.
  3. SCP-XXXX gradually displaces the sand and settles into the deposit, using its claws to bury itself.
  4. Once SCP-XXXX is completely buried, it sleeps for a period of time not exceedingly 100 hours. If the beach experiences precipitation or a decrease in temperature, SCP-XXXX may relocate to a warmer environment.
  5. The manifestation event will terminate, and SCP-XXXX will return to Beta Cancri.

Addendum.XXXX.1: Discovery

On 2012/06/19, the Astronomical Phenomena Division noted ambient Strayer Radiation collating between Earth and Beta Cancri. Specialists from the Department of Essophysics confirmed the abnormal amount of Strayer Radiation between the two celestial bodies and extrapolated its path to Navagio Beach, Greece. Field Agent Jameson was dispatched to investigate the site.

During Agent Jameson's transit, global crab populations began to express minor symptoms of anxiety and distress. Upon arrival, Agent Jameson noted SCP-XXXX, then an Atlantic marsh fiddler crab (Uca pugnax), amidst a small group of civilian beach-goers. SCP-XXXX appeared to be dodging objects thrown at it1 with a dexterity uncharacteristic of non-anomalous crabs.

Agent Jameson disrupted the group and removed SCP-XXXX from the scene, who demonstrated symptoms of acute stress. After several minutes of consolation from Agent Jameson, it engaged in its usual nesting behavior and began to hibernate. Abnormal behavior within the global crab population ceased at this time.

Strayer Radiation readings taken by Agent Jameson confirmed that SCP-XXXX was an essophysical anomaly, and the site was secured by Foundation operatives.

Addendum.XXXX.2: Communications Update

On 2018/08/03, JRTF Phi-4 detected a radio message emitting from SCP-XXXX while it hibernated. Notably, the message was relayed in Morse code, similar to interstellar radio messages sent from Earth to deep space.

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