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Profile: Blue-Colored Red King Crab

As seen in the Nome Nugget, crab fisherman Frank McFarland holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab that he caught in his commercial crabbing pots, as Frank Kavairlook Jr. looks on. Photo: Scott Kent, ADFG.

There’s a small tourist attraction going on at the Norton Sound Seafood Center.

Onlookers have called it “shockingly bright blue,” “almost unnatural,” and “like that can’t possibly be real.”

Causing the stir is a blue-colored red king crab. The rare crab was caught by commercial crabber Frank McFarland.

After a picture of the crab landed on the front page of the Nome Nugget last week, it has become a local curiosity. And the question everyone’s asking is, why is it blue?

To find out the answer and hear more about the rare king crab, listen to the audio link above.


  1. […] KNOM reports that the rare crab has bec… WTVR.com […]

  2. Robert Chase on July 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I realize that the pace of life is slower out your direction, but this report makes it seem like you’re on some kind of drug. So much turning over and over and over the question “why is a red king blue?”, so very little science! The six-minute report is so vague that the issues of whether anyone is studying the phenomenon, or wants a tissue sample from this one isn’t even raised. Scary!

  3. […] Profile: Blue-Colored Red King Crab […]

  4. […] la nota: Resultó en bote de pescadores Frank McFarland como una sombra preciosa del azul, informes KNOM . (La rareza primero apareció en la primera plana del Nome Nugget .) Un biólogo estado tizas […]

  5. Jay on July 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

    So instead of returning this beautifully rare creature back to his/her habitat alive, this moron is going to turn him/her into a wall ornament. This is why human beings suck.

    • Ryan on July 24, 2014 at 4:39 am

      So, you don’t like yourself or a Napoleon complex is seizing your self inflated opinion of yourself

  6. Morgan on July 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

    It pisses me off that the crab is going to be “mounted” on this guy’s wall. He should know what a rare find this is and should have thrown it back, so the species can survive. If you feel the need to have a “trophy”, take a picture of it and mount it on the wall!

    • Robert Chase on July 19, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Morgan and Robert, there is no indication that this crab is a different species, or that it is in any special sense important to the life of its species.

  7. Robert Burke on July 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Why doesn’t he throw it back in to the water, dump sh–…That’s the problem with men, ‘Oh, look, something rare, lets kill it!!!’ We should respect the life of very special blue crab and allow it to live. Fishermen are friggen low lives. No respect for the creatures of waters. I hope his boat sinks!

  8. […] Kent of a Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Nome, told KNOM he has no thought because a red aristocrat crab is blue, yet he guesses it is a […]

  9. Amy on July 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

    So rather than letting this rare and beautiful creature live out it’s life, and possibly pass on it’s genes to other crabs- creating more blue crabs- or live in an aquarium where the public can see something rare, he’s going to kill it and mount it. Sad

  10. Jan on July 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I just wonder if he threw in the cage or another worker did and he is just taking the CREDIT because it’s his boat and he is just driving the boat and the other poor smuck is getting no recognition for it???? It seems like that always happens!!!!!!!!
    I myself think he should give to an Aquarium and let the rest of the world get a glimpse of it and not mount it for only himself or just throw it back into the ocean and let it mutiply !!!!

  11. Blue-colored red king crab caught off Nome on July 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

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  12. tim on July 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

    didn’t know that George Clooney join the Deadlest Catch crew?

  13. sunnyknight on July 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Lack of curiosity in favor of a trophy is astounding. Have water samples been collected or sediment collected to determine if this blue color is caused by toxins? Is there no consideration of the future and what may happen to King Crabs?

  14. Quite A Catch on July 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    More than likely a genetic mutation that causes a different pigment to be produced. At the depth they are at not a lot of light there. Looks like it lived as long as the others caught based on its size . . . and a bit longer so what’s the worrty. Wonder how it tastes? Probably the same as other King Crabs . . . yummy!

    You see folks doing with it what he wishes is the reward of taking the risks of owning the boat and catching it. If you want to preserve your blue crab go catch one.

  15. […] KNOM, July 18, 2014: Onlookers have called it “shockingly bright blue,” “almost unnatural,” and “like that can’t possibly be real.” >> Full broadcast here […]

  16. Dirk on July 23, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Can you say Fukushima?

  17. girlt on July 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

    The word FUKUSHIMA is nowhere on this entire page. THAT is what is truly scary. A nation of zombies.

  18. […] Norton Sound fishery managers and area biologists who said such sightings are few and far between. KNOM, July 18, 2014: Onlookers have called it “shockingly bright blue,” “almost […]

  19. […] KNOM, July 18, 2014: Onlookers have called it “shockingly bright blue,” “almost unnatural,” and “like that can’t possibly be real.” >> Full broadcast here […]

  20. […] highlight of the 2013 summer fishery: the blue-colored red king crab caught by fisherman Frank McFarland in July. The unusually hued crab was displayed briefly at the […]

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