Fishermen Catch Lavender Crab

(Photo: Hokkaido Shimbun)

On January 18, a shipment of crabs arrived in Japan from Russia. The fish wholesaler Marusan Mikami Shoten purchased it and began unloading. Among the red crabs was this lavender-colored beauty. It weighs about 7.7 pounds and has a legspan of 3.3 feet. 

Kenetsu Mikami, the president of the company, said that he has never seen a crab this color. Rather than eating it or selling it to a customer, the company decided to spare its life and keep the crab in a tank. A research organization in Hokkaido speculated that the color was caused by a dietary problem or a genetic mutation.

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