HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Crew mates Jim McInteer and Alan Payne recently captured an all-blue blue crab from the York River.
McInteer, who has been crabbing commercially for ten years, knew it was a special catch when he pulled his crab pot out of the water.
He told the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) that he has caught blue crabs before, but never one that is all-blue.
McInteer and Payne later donated the crab to the laboratory of Professor Rom Lipcius, an expert at the VIMS.
Although the crab recently passed away, researchers will keep it frozen to conduct studies in the future.