Stone crab

Stone crabs are found along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts but are commercially harvested almost entirely in Florida. Adult stone crabs are easily recognized by their oval body and two large claws. The adult body of the stone crab is dark brownish red, more or less mottled and spotted with dusky gray. An interesting feature about the stone crab is the mark on the inside of the large claw that resembles a thumb print. Stone crab season opens October 15 each year and runs through May 15. Harvesting is accomplished by removing one or both claws from the live animal and returning it to the ocean wh..

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