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    Rare Blue Crab Found By Fisherman In Alaska

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    A rare kind of genetic mutation might be what caused a red king crab found in Alaska to be a unique shade of periwinkle blue.

    We are used to seeing crabs with certain colors and shapes. But every now and then, nature offers a surprise.

    A rare kind of genetic mutation might be what caused a red king crab found in Alaska to be a unique shade of periwinkle blue.

    Commercial fishermen in Norton Sound reportedly found the rare blue colored crab on the 4th of July.

    Scott Kent, the assistant area management biologist for the state Department of Fish and Game in Nome, Alaska recognized how unique the specimen is and suggested it should be kept alive rather than sold.

    The crab is now living in a 350-gallon tank at the Norton Sound Seafood Center.

    This discovery follows in a series of oddly colored crab sighting, that Kent says are caused by natural genetic mutations including white spotted red king crabs, and a red king crab with yellow colored legs.

    Another blue king crab that made headlines in early 2014 was part of a shipment of crabs from Russia to Japan.