Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Interesting Facts About the Red King Crab

Here are some notably interesting facts about one of the most commercially important species of king crab – the Red King Crab.

1.) A Red King Crab can grow a leg span of 1.8 meters or 5 ft 11 inches.

2.) This huge arthropod was named after the color it turns when it is cooked rather than the color of a living animal.

3.) A live Red King Crab is more Burgundy in color.

4.) The Red King Crab is endemic to the Bering Sea – a sea located between Russia and Alaska, USA.

5.) This large crustacean was introduced artificially by the Soviet Union into the Murmansk Fjord, Barents Sea, during the 1960s to provide new, valuable catch for Soviet fishermen.

6.) Red King Crabs in the Barents Sea have become invasive species and its population is increasing tremendously.

7.) This is causing great concern to local environmentalists and local fishermen as the crab eats everything it comes across and is spreading very rapidly.

8.) This king crab species is the most coveted of the commercially-sold king crabs worldwide.

9.) The Red King Crab is the most expensive per unit weight.

10.) This commercially important marine animal is most commonly caught in the Bering Sea and Norton Sound, Alaska.

11.) It is one of the most preferred crabs for consumption but it is extremely difficult to catch.

12.) The Red King Crabs are declining steadily in their native Far East coastal waters for unclear reasons.

13.) Since its introduction it has spread westwards along the Norwegian coast and also northwards, having reached the island group of Svalbard.

14.) The species keeps on advancing southwards along the coast of Norway and some scientists think they are advancing at about 50 km a year.

15.) Despite the rapid growing population of Red King Crabs, only 259 Norwegian fishermen are allowed to catch it, and they see the king crab as a blessing, as it is an expensive delicacy.

16.) Alaskan crab fishing is very dangerous, and the fatality rate among the fishermen is about 90 times the fatality rate of the average worker.

17.) It is suggested that, on average, one crab fisherman dies weekly during the seasons

18.) If you want to try some king crab recipes just visit this site.

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