Metacarcinus magister: the fruit salad of the Sea

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The crabs Helen netted on our last day in Haida Gwaii were Metacarcinus magister, commonly called Dungeness crabs. While she was interested in the tasty meat, I was keener on the bellies of the beasts. It also helps that I dissected one in my Invertebrate class. So in case you were ever curious about the various unsavory blobs in the body of a crab, here is a handy little reference.

Crab meat is darker in colour than I have depicted, but my mood has been feeling rather pastel recently; I have been mourning the loss of the pristine waters of Quesnel Lake, on which I grew up, the (possibly) deepest fjord lake in British Columbia. The neighboring mine’s tailings pond burst its dam last weekend, spilling everything into the lake.

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