“Lavender” Red King Crab Caught in the Bering Sea

  • Photo: Marusan Ocean Foods

    Photo: Marusan Ocean Foods

    A strange and lovely “lavender” colored red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) was discovered in a shipment to Hokkaido, Japan from the Bering Sea this week, reported the Japanese-language news group Hokkaido Doshin. Researchers in Hokkaido said the strange color was likely due to its diet or a mutation resulting in a lack of the normal red/brown pigment. Abnormal colors in another tasty marine crustacean, the lobster, are rare but do occur and are the result of abnormal pigmentation, or in some cases not much pigment at all. This special king crab is being held alive and on display at Marusan Ocean Foods in Hokkaido, Japan.

    This is what a red king crab normally looks like

    This is what a red king crab normally looks like

    This “lavender” red king crab is not to be confused with the blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus) (sometimes called the “St. Matthews Blue”) which is a distinct species found around St. Matthews Island, the Probilof Islands and the Diomede Islands, Alaska.

    Blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus)

    Blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus)


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