Rare box crab found!

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Caroline Casals

There have been a few recent sightings in Cape Cod and New York of a rare visitor to our waters - the box crab! Box crabs (Calappa spp) are native to southern, warmer waters near Florida, but sometimes we find them here in New England.

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Box crabs, or shame-faced crabs, are named for their unusual claws which let them hide almost like a turtle.  There are over 40 species of box crabs around the world! How do you think the box crabs made it all the way up here?

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