Fun Facts about Blue Crabs

Fun Facts about Blue Crabs

All seafood lovers know how tasty steamed blue crabs are; but here are some fun facts that you may not know about these unique creatures:

  • The scientific name for blue crabs is Callinectes sapdius, which means “beautiful savory swimmer.” Quite a fitting name, don’t you think?

  • There are two ways to distinguish between male and female crabs. The most common method is to look at its apron. Males have an apron that resembles the Washington monument; the other way is to look at their claws. Female claws are tipped with a reddish orange color and gives them a very distinct look.

  • Blue crabs can be found along the coastlines of the Atlantic, all the way down to South America and Argentina coastlines

  • The largest crab ever caught measured more than 10 inches across and weighed in at more than one pound

  • Blue crabs are cannibals. Usually they feed on snails, small fish, plants and mussels; but if there is nothing else to eat, they’ll eat other blue crabs

  • Females mate only once throughout their lifetime; they can release over 2 million eggs per brood

  • The blue crab is the official Maryland state crustacean

Whether you buy them fresh, frozen or canned, these make delicious treats for any occasion. Romantic dinners, family get-togethers, summer neighborhood parties – there is no end to how you can enjoy these tasty crustaceans and who you share them with.

There are dozens of recipes you can find both online and in cookbooks; you can get creative side dishes and wine pairings. From crab cakes to soups, you’ll find plenty of ways to prepare delicious crab. You’ll want to eat them every day of the week! Steamed blue crab is a favorite way to prepare them, as the sweet, savory meat melts in your mouth when they’re prepared this way. For more information, visit Harbour House Crabs.

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