Project Description

Near the end of the breakwater in Victoria I saw this massive Puget Sound king crab (Lopholithodes mandtii) sitting on top of a large boulder.  Young crabs start out orange, but eventually their colours change in adulthood to a muddy red and purple.  These crabs become large with a carapace width of about 12 inches (30 cm).  The Puget Sound king crab looks very solid and sturdy with a range from southern Alaska to central California.

This crab’s claw has large molar-like dentitions used to subdue its prey.  Tap on the image below to see a close-up of a Puget Sound king crab’s claw (chela).