The blue crab is found in the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Coast
of Central America, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is the Maryland State Crustacean and
is very popular for eating. "Hard crabs" can be found in many crabhouses along the
Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia.
A male blue crab is called a "Jimmy". He has a long, narrow, "T" shaped apron and
prominent blue-tipped claws.
An immature female blue crab is known as a "Sally" or "She-Crab". She is easily identified
as having an inverted "V" or triangular shaped apron. Her claws are red-tipped.
A mature (adult) female blue crab is called a "Sook" to watermen - she is identified
as having an inverted "U" or bell-shaped apron and also has red-tipped claws.
The origin of the blue crab hue stems from a number of pigments in their shell, including
alpha-crustacyanin, which interacts with a red pigment, astaxanthin, to form a greenish-blue
coloration. When the crab is cooked, the alpha-crustacyanin breaks down, leaving
only the astaxanthin, which turns the crab red-orange.
PLASTIC BLUE CRAB REPLICAS
These colorful tiki crabs make a great addition to your nautical theme. Lifelike
Maryland blue crab replicas look great hanging on the wall of your home, restaurant,
or business. Hang these plastic crab ornaments with some fishnet and seashells, or
place them with other beach decor. Choose from natural blue (live) or red "steamed"
crabs that looks like they just came from a crab house! They are painted to look
just like Maryland blue crabs, from the claws to the underside apron. Each crab ornament
comes with an attached wall hanger. Please note these are not toy crabs, they are
hard, ornamental crabs with pointed edges (just like a real crab). They're made for
displays, crafts, and nautical themes.
Note: The size is the measurement across the outside of the legs, not the body of