The Alaskan red king crab is a storied and coveted seafood species as well as the most sought after, most expensive, of the different king crab varieties. Its scientific name is Paralithodes camtschaticus. This prized species can grow to a large size, with the largest on record measuring in with a leg span of almost five feet across. Crab meat has dietary benefits which include being a good protein source. See the king crab nutrition facts for more information.
Alaskan Red King Crab can grow rather large, and are larger on average than the blue king crab and the golden king crab. They can be found in biomasses across the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands and the Sea of Okhotsk.
Most are caught and harvested mainly from the Bristol Bay area of Alaska. This Alaskan fishery is one of the most valuable commercial fisheries in the U.S.
If they are not caught, the life expectancy can reach up to 20 years and more.
Alaskan Red King Crab Facts:
• Caught mainly in the Bristol Bay area of Alaska
• Life span up to 20 years and more
• The males grow larger than the females
• One of the most valuable fisheries in the United States
• Adult females must first molt before the reproduce
• Spawning season is from January through June each year
• Natural predators include other king crabs, octopus, sculpins, Pacific cod and halibut
• The crab stocks are managed by the State of Alaska
• All time record landings was set in 1980 with a fleet catch of 129.9 million pounds
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Video: Taxidermy Preservation
The following video is very informative about what the red king crab looks like as well as information about what the species represents. It is narrated by Jake Anderson of the ‘Deadliest Catch’ TV show. As he is talking and explaining what it is, he is also displaying a large Alaskan red king crab that has been preserved through taxidermy. Good information and facts about the species.
Top image credit: King Crabs on deck. p200eric .