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Alaska fisherman pulls up rare 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. Frank Kavairlook Jr. looks on. (Photo: Scott Kent, ADFG)

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. Frank Kavairlook Jr. looks on. (Photo: Scott Kent, ADFG)


Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 4:06 PM -

The crab may have been blue, but the fisherman was far from it after making the rare catch! 

Frank McFarland of Nome, Alaska found a blue-coloured red king crab in his pot when fishing on the Fourth of July. The crab is being cared for at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted, according to KNOM


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The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the centre to have their photos taken with it. 

Scott Kent, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Nome, says he has no idea why the red king crab is blue, but suspects it's just a mutation. 

Kent says a blue crab "turns up once in a blue moon.''

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With files from The Associated Press

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