Press Release Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
It’s a blue crab. But it’s white. Long-time crabbers have never seen anything like it. The local fishing family who own Hutton’s Seafood in Medart, FL, caught it and brought it to Gulf Specimen Marine Lab so the public could share in their amazement. The rare crab is on display for a short time at the nonprofit aquarium.
“I encountered something like it in the 60s, but I haven’t seen anything like it since,” says Jack Rudloe, founder and president of Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.
The rare white crab is the feature in an exhibit that highlights the wonders to be found in local bays and inlets. Blue crab has long been a staple fishery of the Panacea seafood industry. The animal is also an important link in the food chain, a predator of almost anything and a favorite meal of almost everything.
“Blue crabs are extremely sensitive to environmental changes,” reports National Geographic, though it is unknown at this time whether this crab heralds a shift in the fragile marine ecosystems of North Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab invites the public to come see the rarity for themselves while the crab is a resident of the Aquarium at 222 Clark Drive, Panacea, Florida. Hours of operation and other information can be found at www.gulfspecimen.org.