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« on: August 22, 2011, 03:54:58 PM »

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.  I was crabbing on the West River Saturday and as I was culling the crabs just caught on the last trip down the trotline, I noticed one crab was lethargic...I blew in his face, even put him in the water and nothing...He wasn't just playing dead, he seemed to have died within minutes of being caught. (no more than 10 min max).   Anyone else ever experience this happening?   he wasn't a papershell..didnt have any puncture wounds from another crab either.  Just found it strange thats all. Huh Huh
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011, 04:18:32 PM »

It could have been infected with Hematodinium sp.  The parasite consumes oxygen from the crab's blood and tissues which causes it to become weak and lethargic, and to eventually die.
http://www.bluecrab.info/diseases.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 04:21:49 PM »

yea, definitely sounds like that could be it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 05:53:11 PM »

could have been that virus that is in the peelers too.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-01-24/features/bs-gr-soft-crab-virus-20110124_1_soft-crabs-blue-crabs-bill-sieling
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 08:12:43 AM »

Seeing as he was caught in Virginia he probably died of shame.

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 08:23:18 AM »

Seeing as he was caught in Virginia he probably died of shame.

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Funny Guy... Everyone knows, THERE ARE NO CRABS IN VA....  Grin  The West River is in Maryland.  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 08:32:30 AM »

Funny Guy... Everyone knows, THERE ARE NO CRABS IN VA....  Grin  The West River is in Maryland.  Wink

Oh. Well I guess maybe you guys are right then.  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 11:28:38 AM »

I had a crab do that once.  As soon as he broke the surface and took a good look at my face, I think he died of fright... Cry
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 06:52:03 PM »

I had a crab do that once.  As soon as he broke the surface and took a good look at my face, I think he died of fright... Cry
I KNOW YOU ALMOST DID ME IN AT THE WYE PARTY 2 YEARS AGO.  Roll Eyes laugh
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 10:13:34 PM »

I KNOW YOU ALMOST DID ME IN AT THE WYE PARTY 2 YEARS AGO.  Roll Eyes laugh


Yes, good thing you covered your eyes in time... laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2011, 10:56:16 PM »

HEY CRAB SHACK, yA THINK YOU WILL MAKE IT THIS YEAR? wOULD LIKE TO SEE YA AGAIN
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 11:19:57 PM »

Don't think so, but I'm still tryin'   Smiley
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