Is it a mutant or, as it has been stated, a case of a bad diet?
A shipment of Red king crabs, native to the Bering Sea, arrived at a port in Hokkaido, Japan, from Russia.
When wholesalers at Marusan Mikami opened up the haul, they found one was a rich lavender color all over.
Marusan Mikami President Kenetsu Mikami told Hokkaido Doshin: “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.”
That is perhaps an optimistic view, but experts at a research center
in Hokkaido suggested the cause of the
crab’s color was “the effect of
its diet or possibly a mutation causing a lack of pigment.”
The lavender colored crab
has been kept alive – who would be game enough to eat it?- and put it
on display at Marusan Mikami. It has a leg span of about three feet and
weighs about 8 pounds.
The color has sparked debate on the internet with the effects of
radiation stated as the likely source of the discoloration on more than
This story originally appeared on News.com.au.