Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What are those red crabs you have noticed in the Bay

Pleuroncodes planipes

By Len Bose
February 27, 2015 | 4:58 p.m.

Not sure how many of you were on the harbor last weekend and noticed all the Pleuroncodes planipes, or red crabs, doing their thing. By Monday afternoon, it appeared that they had little to no life left in them.
I contacted Michelle Clemente, Newport Beach's marine protection and education supervisor, to get the scoop (no pun intended) on all the red crabs.
"They are typically associated with warm water," Clemente explained. "It's a type of mating ritual, and they got cooked when they landed on the sand. It's a little bit warm for them to be out of the water."

Clemente informed me that this was not unusual and happens during the El Niño years.

6-13-15 I was in San Diego in Mission Bay and the bay was full of them.

05-18-16 I first wrote this story almost a year ago. This round with the crabs are a little different, they do not go away with a simple shampoo, just kidding. This time the Sea Gulls are eating them and popping and pooping red crabs all over the boats and docks nasty stuff yesterday.

Lori Bowman Fernandez Photo Taken in Huntington Beach

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