We are used to seeing crabs with certain colors and shapes. But every now and then, nature offers a surprise.
A rare kind of genetic mutation is responsible for this blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska.
On July 4 2014, Frank McFarland found this weird blue king crab in his pot when fishing off Nome coast in Alaska. This is the second sightings in 2014, after another blue king crab was discovered in a boat crab going from Russia to Japan.
Because of its rarity, the blue crab specimen is being kept alive in a 350-gallon tank at the Norton Sound Seafood Center for the pleasure of the center’s visitors.
The blue color of this Alaskan red king crab is probably due to a rare genetic mutation and follows in a series of oddly colored crab sighting, including white spotted red king crabs, and a red king crab with yellow colored legs. WOW!