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Description of Alaskan king crab


Generally in size, the species gets very big compared to other related species. Their shells either are dark red or burgundy, blue and golden in color. The outer layers of the specie’s shell are a bit rough and prickly, thick and can easily be cracked open. At the ends of the Alaskan King Crab legs and in between their pincers are very sharp, therefore causing it to easily cut through human skin. You must however be very careful when handling those parts. The species eyes can move and lean forward and side-ways, it can also rest on the side edge of its face, as a result of flexibility of its eyes. There is also a forth specie however, only three are harvested through ethical fishing techniques. The red species can grow up to 11 inches and 5 foot in leg span; five pairs, the first pair are their claws or pincers, the right pincer is usually the biggest on the adults. The next three pairs, they use to walk on, and the other fifth are small and normally tucked underneath the rear portion of their carapace. Alaskan king crabs have “tails”, or abdomens, that are distinctive; the abdomen is fan-shaped and tucked underneath the rear of the shell. The red males grows larger than the females, they also have a narrow abdominal flap that covers most of the underside of the abdomen. The female carries their eggs between their carapace and the males fertilize the eggs.

There are around forty species that are known. Ethical fishing technique is used to catch ten species in Alaska. The three which is harvested are mainly red, blue and golden in color. The golden is the smallest of the three. The forth specie is referred to as the scarlet; it is low in abundance and relatively small, they are not consumer desirable because of their and size and scarcity of meat, however, it is believed that, little their meat may be, it is the sweetest among them all. The most popular for consumption around the world is the red; it has a lot more meat than all the other species and somewhat easily and commonly attracts the consumers, maybe because of the bright red or deep burgundy shell color. All four species are also referred to as ground fish, obvious reason, being that they use the ocean floor as their habitat and they are expected to have a life span of ten to twenty years.

Where can these species be found?

These species are commonly found most likely in deep and cold waters of the sea. They are found in some of these common areas located in Alaska. The red ones normally roam on a flatter surface and are less aggressive, compared to the blue or golden ones. A huge abundance of the red exists in Bristol Bay, Norton Sound, Aleutian-Adak Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, Sea of Okhotsk, Pribilof Islands and along the Kamchatka shelf. Large quantities of the blue can be found off the Pribilofs and St. Matthews. A great number of the golden ones can be found around the Aleutian-Adak Islands, furthermore, they are normally sensitive to water temperature. The red and the blue would normally go from shallow water to deep water each year. It is natural for them to migrate approximately one mile each day.

The golden are harvested through an ethical fishing technique, from some of the deeper waters of Alaska and Russia, up to 1,600 feet deep. As for the red and blue, they like the sandy bottom of the shallower sea waters, at about 20 feet.

Where can Alaskan king crab be caught?

The ethical fishing techniques used, takes place during the winter season, from October through January of the following year. Despite the fact that, October to January, are considered to be the fishing months, there are exceptions, depending on the fishing rules and quotas of the country throughout the year. There is a certain amount that has to be caught during the season, hence the reason why a quota is given. There are exceptions to every rule, and the exception to this one is by allowing catchers to continue fishing past January, which is most likely the end to fishing season. The spawn season for them would normally start from January and continues through June. They will most likely spawn in water less than 150 feet.

Can Alaskan king crab legs be exported?

Yes, they most definitely can be exported, package and shipped, safely and healthily across the borders, to different countries, where it is in great demand. They are frozen before and during when they are being shipped, so expect them to be frozen or chilled, when they arrive at your door step or business. They have a shelf life of about 5-7 days or a week, however, if they are properly sealed and preserved, it can have a duration life of up to 12 months. Likewise, after you receive your order, you do not have to be concern about cooking it as soon as you receive it, you can place it in the freezer for a few more days. The way in which they are preserved to be shipped does not affect the sweet, moist and hearty flavor of the animal.

What does the species live on?

They feed on other smaller fishes and plants found within the sea. The very young ones live on tiny plants. The juvenile lives on single cell organisms and also other crab that lives on the ocean floor. The adults eat clams, mussels, snails, brittle stars, sea urchins, sand dollars and fish parts. They eat healthily, guess what, so do we, when we consume them, not only are they healthy for us but they also have impeccable flavor. In conclusion, you are gaining two benefits for the price of one.

Vitamins and minerals it contains per servings are:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc
  • Sodium
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Copper

Health and nutritional values

Vitamin B12 and folate are very important for building red blood cells. It also helps to keep the metabolism running. Vitamin C and Zinc aids in healing and strengthening of the immune system. Selenium is also important for the immune system, but also aid in both male and female fertility. Phosphorous and magnesium helps build strong bones. Sodium in-take maintains blood pressure. The mineral copper helps with the formation of connective tissues in the normal function of muscles, the immune and nervous system.

Alaskan king crab contains a high level of Vitamin B12, folate and sodium. People who suffer from anemia can add them in their daily diet. The Vitamin B12 and folate will actually build their red blood cells. To continue, persons who have cuts or bruises can also consider them to be natural healing agents, because they also contain Vitamin C and Zinc, which helps healing and strengthening of the immune system. It is also a great way to keep healthy because the nutrient that it provides, promotes a strong immune system. Are you concern about weight gain? Do not be, because when it is cooked, it contains 130 calories from one that weighs 134 grams, or about 5 ounces. Nearly 80 percent of the calories are from protein and the other 20 percent are from fat but, good fat which the body needs.

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