Dungeness Crab #441123 - Ask Extension


Dungeness Crab #441123

Asked February 21, 2018, 11:18 AM EST

Recently at Neskowin beach at low tide gulls were digging up crabs buried in the sand above the water line. They would turn them over and eat the soft belly. It was not difficult to spot the small "mounds" where the crabs had buried into the sand. To keep the gulls from killing them, whenever I saw a "mound", I took it out of the sand and threw it back into the water. These were all female crabs without the "berries" or eggs. Why were there no male crabs? Is this a common occurrence? Thanks! Clint Karcher

Tillamook County Oregon

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Tim Miller-Morgan Replied March 02, 2018, 1:34 PM EST
Hi Clint,
Someone at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife may be able to tell you more about what was going on with these crabs. Here is a link to their Dungeness Crab information page: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/shellfish/crab/lifehistory.asp


Pete Petryszak Replied March 02, 2018, 2:22 PM EST

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