Albino Crabbing Season For 1 Lucky Man
2013 came to a close with an albino blue crab caught by fisherman turned Crabber-man Tim Mispel. The crabber found this albino blue crab a quarter mile out at the Gulf of Mexico close to Hickory Mounds.
“I noticed him instantly, he was in the crab trap” Mispel recalls. “I pulled him and put him into a separate bucket”.
This rare albino blue crab has a purplish tint to it according to Mispel. The crab is now on display at the Laboratory in Panacea where the facility’s staff are inviting the public to come see this unusual rarity.
According the wildlife conservation commission, a full albino crab is extremely rare. There have been plenty of crabs caught with albino limbs or partially albino. A full albino crab is estimated at one in a million.
Mispel, who has been a full time crabber for many years, said he had seen about a dozen blue crabs that were partially albino but never had he seen a blue crab that is completely white.
Blue Crab vs Lobster
The same natural anomaly can be found in plenty of other sea life and crustaceans such as a close relative of the crab, the lobster. Early in 2013, a Cape Breton man caught a large albino lobster that he named Larry. The owner is keeping Larry the albino lobster in a tank and plans on releasing the crustacean back into the ocean when the season is over.