Purple crab

Jake Marzucco, a commercial crabber from Queenstown caught a purple Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab. Marzucco released the crab back into the water after taking a few photographs.

QUEENSTOWN The purple crab Jake Marzucco, a commercial crabber in Queenstown, found recently is not common, said Brenda Davis, blue crab program director for the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service.

Davis said the coloration, on this crab's belly and claw, is not that different from skin pigmentation in people. It's likely a genetic glitch and has nothing to do with the crab's environment.

"We tend to get a few crabs every year that are overly blue or overly white," Davis said. "It's not unheard of, but it's not common."

Two years ago, a Romancoke waterman caught a similar crab. He quickly termed it a Ravens crab because of its coloring.

Marzucco returned the crab back into the water after photographing it.

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