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Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

July 20th, 2014 12:00 pm by Associated Press

Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

In this photo taken July 4 and provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, crab fisherman Frank McFarland, left, holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab he caught in his commercial crabbing pots. Frank Kavairlook Jr., right, looks on. (AP Photo

NOME, Alaska — A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of an Alaska fisherman's catch earlier this month.

KNOM reported Saturday that Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing off Nome on the Fourth of July. The blue crab was being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted.

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

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

Kent said a blue crab "turns up once in a blue moon."

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