LIFE

Fisherman Catches Female Crab In Bay, Then Realizes 2 Oysters Are Growing On Her Shell

by Christian Cotroneo
Christian is a writer living in Toronto, Canada, who shares his home with his dog, Luna.

Next time you catch someone complaining about a little dust in their eye, kindly draw their attention to this long-suffering crab.

When James Eskridge pulled the blue crab from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, it didn’t take him long to notice the animal was different from most.

In the video below, Tom Zolper, a spokesperson for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, offers a remarkably restrained answer.

“You’re looking at a mature female crab who unfortunately has two oysters growing right out of her eyes,” he says.

Sure, we’ve seen a lot of underwater weirdness, like a fish that morphs into an entirely different creature, and even a fish with human-like teeth.

But the answer to this crab’s unfortunate condition paints an even sadder, bigger picture.

Oysters across the famed bay are in steep decline, Zolper tells the Washington Post. Their larvae, he explains, typically latch onto the shells of other oysters — who seem to be able to manage the passengers without freaking out.

But overfishing in the bay has led to a dearth of smooth places for larvae to attach themselves to, and that leads to some desperate larvae.

“They’ll set on anything — even a crab shell,” Zolper explains.

In time, the larvae became full-grown oysters. Along the way, a crab — who was probably molting when the larvae landed — took on a couple of unlikely passengers.

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