Some useful tips include gently stepping on the crab with your shoe
(from the front) in order to subdue him so that he won't be able to
maneuver and pinch you while you're approaching him. You can also use a
piece of wood or other object to hold the crab down while you grab his
Above all, you must have respect for the crab. The instant you let
your guard down, he'll strike! And once he grabs a hold of you, he won't
let go without a fight!
Another popular method of handling crabs
is to use a sturdy pair of tongs, especially when transferring
crabs to the cooking pot.
If you find yourself in the awkward predicament of having a crab
latched on to your flesh, be assured that he won't let go without some persuasion!
A quick flick of the wrist might do the trick, assuming that he's locked
onto a finger. But, the most efficient method of getting the crab to
release is to simply put him back in the water. Once the crab is back in
water, he'll immediately release his grip and swim away. If you have a friend
nearby, you might be able to dip-net the crab once he's free.
On rare occasions, people have been known to get blood poisoning if
the skin is broken from the pinch of a blue crab. Bacteria live on the outer shell of the crab and if your skin is broken this bacteria can cause an infection. Wear gloves and always
have respect for the formidable blue crab!