Two Tone Blue Crab A Rare Catch

Jim Whitby and his boss Lee Thomas, owner of the crabbing boat Migrator caught a rare crab last week.  This blue claw crab’s color is split right down the middle.  We see different crab colors all the time from mixed colors to all blue crabs and albinos.  There are all kinds of rare mutations in nature.  Recently a crab with its right half female and its left half male known as a bilateral gynandromorph was caught in Maryland.  

Jim Whitby … “My boss said he’s only seen it twice in 30 years and the first one he caught was taken to a biologist at DNREC near Woodland Beach.  They said it’s a spot between the eyes that sends a signal to tell it which color to be and it is sending a mixed signal.” 

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