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Sea Life & Aquarium Substrates

Sea life from the Northern Atlantic Ocean. 50 degree F salt water species. Gulf of Maine Inc. supplies sea life, beach plants, and aquarium substrates from Maine, collected by hand.

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Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)

Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus)

from 13.00

Common name:  rock crab, shore crab, sand crab, peekytoe crab   

Scientific name:  Cancer irroratus

Locations:  low water mark and deeper water

Seasonality:  available all year

Colors:  white, red and pink

Size:  1" -  6"

Collected:  by hand, lobster traps

Quantity:  sold by the each

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 A female with her eggs.  She will usually hold her legs and claws over them protectively even if being handled.

A female with her eggs.  She will usually hold her legs and claws over them protectively even if being handled.

Tidepool Tim says,  “Rock crabs are the most common crab commercially caught in Maine. These guys like the river estuaries, bays, and coves. Their larger cousin, the Jonah crab, is a larger, deeper, and more offshore species. The two look pretty similar.  Today I was towing a net for shrimp - up came the most beautiful pink & red rock crab. I had never seen one so brightly colored.  When I picked him up I learned why. This crab had just molted. It was amazingly soft and touchable. I had seen a lot of soft-shells, but never a rock crab.”