A longtime commercial fisherman was stunned to find a rare catch at the end of his line in a North Carolina river this week: A “genetically mutated” all-bright-blue blue crab, his delighted family posted on Facebook.
“It’s a catch that’s one in a billion!” Jillian Bowling, fisherman Dean Bowling’s daughter, posted with a photo of the “electric” blue crab he caught in the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County at the coast.
For comparison, she included a photo of a regular ‘ole blue crab with far less illustrious, “normal coloration.”
“I have seen crabs with extreme cases of albinism but never this form of hyper pigmentation,” she wrote. “The electric blue crab ... is definitely a phenomenon.”
“It’s truly an amazing sight to see!” Jillian Bowling posted late Wednesday.
The crab, which the family named Blue, will live predator-free, eating well and mating with female crabs, in one of Dean Bowling’s crab tanks at their home in the Brunswick County town of Bolivia, WECT reported.