Rare find: A blue red king crab

2014-07-21 09:28
Crab fisherman Frank McFarland holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab he caught in his commercial crabbing pots. (/Alaska department of fish and game, AP)

Crab fisherman Frank McFarland holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab he caught in his commercial crabbing pots. (/Alaska department of fish and game, AP)

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Nome - A rare blue-coloured red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

KNOM reports that Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on 4 July off Nome.

The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Centre until McFarland can have it mounted.

The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the centre to have their photos taken with it.

Scott Kent, with the Alaska department of fish and game in Nome, says he has no idea why the red king crab is blue, but suspects it's just a mutation.

Kent says a blue crab "turns up once in a blue moon".
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