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Author Topic: Red, Blue crabs? can someone please explain?  (Read 208 times)
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« on: November 22, 2021, 01:00:16 AM »

Been pulling these up lately.  Bright red Jimmies.  Done a lot of research, even reached out to the biology dept at UCF and they are looking into it.  They will get back to us as the biologist said they werent familiar with this.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2021, 09:36:45 AM »

Where the [Sam Hill] are you catching them?
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2021, 09:51:40 AM »

Are they dead?
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2021, 10:43:42 AM »

Very odd indeed. How deep were you crabbing?  Could the claws be sun bleached?  I often find red shell lying in the weeds, but they were probably there for some time.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2021, 11:47:32 AM »

The shell is red.  The crabís shell contains a red pigment called astaxanthin that naturally appears red. This is a pic of a dead horseshoe crab and a blue crab that have been sitting on a shelf in my boat house for decades.  Never exposed to sun light.  I'm guessing it's not the red.  It is the lack of the blue green in those crabs pictured above.
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