Dungeness Crabs

Introduction The Dungeness crab gets its name from the town of Dungeness, Washington where the first commercial harvesting of the crab was done. These sweet-tasting suckers dominate the West Coast living in the Pacific Ocean from southern California all the way to even Alaska. These crabs are so famous on the West Coast that the Oregon State Legislature named the Dungeness crab as the state crustacean in 2009. What do they look like? Dungeness crabs have dark, brownish, purple-ish carapaces with tan, almost orangey pincers and limbs. Also, the have light speckles and…continue reading →

Blue Crabs

Introduction These creatures get their name from their bluish hue on their claws but their scientific name (Callinectes sapidus) suggests that they are “beautiful swimmers” that also happen to be “savory”. And savory they are. Blue crabs are one of the most heavily harvested crustaceans in the world. They are abundant and tasty; numerous and delicious. What do they look like? The blue crabs carapace can actually having colors ranging from bluish gray to brownish green tint, and their colors blend from one to the other. Blue crab pincers can have an orange,…continue reading →