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Rare blue-coloured crab discovered in Alaska

NOME (Alaska): A rare blue-coloured red king crab was part of a fisherman’s catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska. Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot while fishing on July 4 off Nome.

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Crab fisherman Frank McFarland holds up the blue-coloured red king crab. It has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the centre to have their photos taken with it. Pic/AP

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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