Surprise: This Red King Crab Is ... Blue
Alaska fisherman catches an oddity
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2014 8:19 AM CDT
Crab fisherman Frank McFarland holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab he caught in Nome, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game)

(Newser) – It's called a red king crab, but one caught in Nome, Alaska, didn't get the memo: It turned up in fisherman Frank McFarland's pot as a lovely shade of blue, reports KNOM. (The oddity first showed up on the front page of the Nome Nugget.) A state biologist chalks it up to a rare genetic mutation, adding that that he himself had seen one before only in photographs from the 1980s, reports Alaska Dispatch News. For now, the otherwise healthy crab is being held in a tank at the Norton Sound Seafood Center and has become what AP calls a "rock star of sorts" among curious visitors. Fittingly, "it's kind of the color of a forget-me-not," says the manager caring for it. It's a first for him, too.

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Karl
Jul 20, 2014 9:30 PM CDT
So you either sell it for $2.00 more than usual or you turn it loose. The scientist are not interested in anything other than how it was blue and a death sentence is involved with that. Scientist kill everything they investigate.....
dennis
Jul 19, 2014 10:16 PM CDT
Only a matter of time before it is his turn to be in the pot.
OrneryPup
Jul 19, 2014 5:50 PM CDT
Cheech and Chong spoke of a crab named "Buster".