Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Color Purple

When Jake Marzucco was fishing for blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), he never thought he would land a purple one! But land one he did in Chesapeake Bay. 

this blue crab is clearly having an identity crisis

This purple blue crab isn't as uncommon as you'd think, and may owe its purple hue to a genetic mutation. (BONUS: what sex is the above crab?) Another purple blue crab was caught a few years ago and said to be a Baltimore Ravens fan, but that's just ridiculous. All blue crabs are Chicago Bears fans, regardless of their pigmentation. I know this as fact.

See? This is an actual photograph from National Geographic showing the
blue crab's Bears preference. (Well, maybe the Bears logo is from here.)

Anyway, we've seen other odd-colored crustaceans with an albino blue crab here and a blue lobster and half-and-half lobster here. What you may not know is this blue crab was just trying to fill out the rainbow:

1 comment:

  1. rainbow crab photo credits:
    Red and Orange:
    Yellow: 2roxfox deLuXe
    Green: candycigcool
    Blue: Kerry Krieger