CHESTERTOWN, MD — An extremely rare all-blue crab arrived at the Sultana Education Foundation earlier this month.
Waterman, Jamie White, caught the crab off of Rock Hall, Maryland. "I pulled it up and thought it was spray painted" White said.
The crab is a 6 inch mature male. The Foundation says the all-blue crab is "extremely rare."
They say that all blue crabs have some blue pigment but that this all-blue crab most likely has a rare genetic mutation, causing its colorful pigment.
The waterman donated the crustacean so that program participants can get a close look at the rare crab.
The crab is currently housed in a water fish tank in Sultana Education Foundation's Chestertown Holt Center wet lab.
The Foundation said the crab "appears in good health and seems unaware that is truly is a 'once in a blue moon' crab."
Sultana Education Foundation is a private nonprofit that provides education opportunities that promotes taking care of the Chesapeake Bay's various legacies.