On January 18, staff at Japanese fish wholesaler Marusan Mikami Shoten began unloading a shipment of crabs from Russia.
One crab in particular stood out: a bright lavender one.
Among the other red king crabs, the blueish-purple 7.7-pound, 3.3-foot crab was hard to miss.
"I've been dealing with crabs for 25 years, but this is the first time to see that colour. It could be a good omen," Marusan Mikami President Kenetsu Mikami said of the discovery.
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Staff at Marusan Mikami decided to spare the crustacean's life — Who would dare to eat a lavender crab? — and display it in a tank instead.
A research organization in Hokkaido suggested the unique colourization was "the effect of its diet or possibly a mutation causing a lack of pigment."
We've seen this before.
Last summer, a Nova Scotia lobsterman caught a rare bright blue lobster.
According to research out of the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, a brilliant blue hue isRead More »from Colourful crustacean: Rare lavender crab discovered