[Observation is center crab carpace] Carapace at center Dungeness -- "Note very prominent 10th spine on the carapace, which is diagnostic of the dungeness crab." from @invertboy
Crab season in full swing on the Aquatic Pier this morning. Guy said this one was too small and will throw it back ( Right...)
I observed this immature Dungeness crab (carapace was ~3.5 inches across) as the surf washed away the sand it was buried beneath.
Dungeness Crab shell
A couple of boys fishing on the pier pulled this crab up. They let me photograph it before throwing it back. The crab looked a little (a lot) worse for the wear.
Bio-Blitz Beach Team. This crab had gone to join the choir invisibule.
The Dungeness crab, Metacarcinus magister (formerly Cancer magister), is a species of crab that inhabits eelgrass beds and water bottoms on the west coast of North America. It typically grows to 20 cm (7.9 in) across the carapace and is a popular seafood prized for its sweet and tender flesh. Its common name comes from the port of Dungeness, Washington.