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Massive $900 Seafood Boat Will Ferry You To Shellfish Paradise

As busy as me and my high school friends get, we try to find at least one day out of the year to sit down together to a bountiful meal and catch up on our lives. Well, it appears Seattle’s Crawfish King can accommodate just that with enough shellfish to keep a group of old friends from falling out of touch.

The seafood bar and restaurant is the home of an entree they call the Royal Feast. So what makes this feast so royal? Crawfish King’s platter lives up to its name by boasting a massive cornucopia of seafood delights all crammed into a miniature wooden ship.

Photo: Ricky Zollinger

Here’s what you’ll find onboard:

Appetizers

  • 2 dozen raw oysters
  • 2 orders of Cajun fries
  • 2 orders of Cajun wings
  • 18 pieces of grilled shrimp
  • 8 grilled lobster tails
  • 8 grilled King Crab

Main Boat

  • 2 pounds of crawfish
  • 2 pounds of black mussels
  • 2 pounds of green mussels
  • 2 pounds of clams
  • 2 pounds of shrimp
  • 2 pounds of headless shrimp
  • 2 pounds of King Crab legs
  • 2 pounds of Snow Crab legs
  • 2 pounds of jumbo prawns
  • 2 pounds of spotted prawns
  • 2 whole Dungeness crabs
  • 2 whole lobster
  • 2 pounds of lobster tails
  • 2 pounds of Dungeness crab legs
  • 16 pieces of corn
  • 16 potatoes
  • 2 pounds of Okra
  • 2 pounds of mixed vegetables
  • 4 pieces of andouille sausage
  • 4 hot links
  • 4 Louisiana spicy links
  • 40 lil smokies

Dessert

  • 8 macaron ice creams

I feel like I need to switch over to stretchy pants just reading through that list. It’s a good sign.

Those in the Seattle area looking to brave this massive vessel can order it for $900. It feeds approximately 16 people, but since it’s such a large order the restaurant requires about 24 hours notice beforehand.

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Joe’s Crab Shack Files For Bankruptcy, Assets To Be Sold Off

Sad news for seafood lovers, Joe’s Crab Shack is reportedly filing for bankruptcy reports Consumerist.

Ignite Restaurant Group announced in a press statement that it is agreeing with Kelly Companies to sell Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap Brands.

All of Ignite’s subsidiaries, Joe’s Crab Shack included, filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11. This means that Joe’s will have 60 to 90 days to sell their assets.

A silver lining for Joe’s Crab Shack fans during this troublesome time, all 112 locations of Joe’s Crab Shack will remain open during the sales process. In this period, the seafood restaurant chain will still accept gift cards and coupons. If you’ve got em, make sure to spend them as soon as possible.

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Watch This Devious Octopus Break Into A Fisherman’s Trap To Steal Crabs

The octopus is known to be one of the smartest creatures in the world, with an incredibly complex brain that can allow it to navigate through a maze.

One clever octopus showed off its full mental capacity when it outsmarted a crab fisherman to score a free meal.

The above video from BBC shows a Giant Pacific Octopus using its brain to get at some crabs that unwittingly wandered into a metal trap on the ocean floor. The octopus’ first attempt to get at the crabs didn’t go so well, as its attempt to smother the trap failed.

That didn’t deter the cephalopod, however, as it calculated a new method of approach and launched itself into the metal trap with the precision of a CIA strike team. It then easily caught and eliminated the crabs inside from the human food chain before making a daring escape as the trap was lifted back out of the water.

Anything that has enough brain power to pull off that feat definitely has me thinking twice about a potential career as a crab fisherman. No wonder the crustaceans are so expensive these days.

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Watching Hundreds Of Spider Crabs Tear Apart An Octopus Is Terrifying

There are untold horrors that can be found leagues under the ocean. Whether it’s hungry clams emerging from the beach, or a sand striker preying on some fish, we should always respect and fear what lies beneath… no matter how delicious seafood can be.

One particular video, captured by a diver, featured hundreds of spider crabs fighting over a poor octopus like it was the last piece of prime rib at an under-stocked buffet.

Watching this makes us want to reconsider any scuba diving excursions in the the near future, that’s for sure.

Elite Daily reports that the spider crabs migrate to Australia’s Port Phillip Bay in the early summer. The long journey left the crabs starving and ready to devour any creature in their way.

Definitely not a video for the squeamish. Or octopus lovers.

If that doesn’t rattle your bones, here’s some footage of thousands of spider crabs molting at the bottom of the ocean floor. Freaked out yet?

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The Mysterious Case Of New York’s Subway Crabs

The New York subway system is full of surprises. From begging vagrants, to soda can-sized rats dragging whole pizza slices back to their soda can-sized rat homes, you never know what to expect.

Last week someone found a pile of LIVE crabs, just chillin’.

Perhaps the crabs got on a train traveling to New England to find some cooler waters to molt. Maybe the crabs were brought on-board by a begging vagrant or a soda can-sized dragged them there.

The world may never know.

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Thousands Of Crabs Molting At Once Is Disturbing AF [WATCH]

I don’t really like seafood, but crab is safe, as far as I’m concerned. Crab meat is delicious. Send all the hate mail, sarcasm and Twitter shade you want. There’s nothing that can sway me. In fact, I like all meat in ocean crustaceans.

However, you may disagree with me after watching this video. Watching hundreds of thousands of crabs gather to molt — yes, crabs molt — is probably the creepiest thing I’ve seen. And when the waters cool in Phillip Bay, Australia, crabs come to shed their old shells — exoskeleton — and chill.

Who knew crabs went through a molting process? In fact, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, a King Crab can molt up to 20 times during its lifetime, and that’s specifically how they grow.

Here’s a timelapsed-GIF to show exactly what happens when a crab grows out of its exoskeleton. This is by far the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen a crab do, and just imagine an ocean floor full of crabs doing it at the same damn time. No thanks.

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10 Shellfish Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know

Shellfish thrive as intriguing little weirdos who look like tiny versions of the creatures that once tried to take out Godzilla in old monster flicks. But what do you really know about them, aside from their ability to be a celebrated main ingredient of coastal dives? Let’s take a closer look at these shelled invertebrates that swim, float, and live under the sea.

 

Lobsters taste with their legs and chew with their stomachs

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The leg and feet hairs of a lobster are chemosensory, and they use their antennas to track down possible food. They’re also fitted with a gastric mill, essentially a set of teeth in their stomachs, located behind their eyes.

 

Oysters can and will change their sex

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All oysters are born male and will swap genders at least once. Given that they are born with both sets of reproductive organs, oysters can also fertilize their own eggs.

 

A sea urchin’s mouth is known as “Aristotle’s Lantern”

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Located on the underside of a sea urchin’s body, their unique, complex mouth has five sharp teeth that can drill a hole into a rock. These chompers can also be venomous, so watch out on the beach and at your favorite sushi bar.

 

Lobsters are sometimes cannibals

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Lobsters have eaten each other when in the same cage, as though in some type of underwater Thunderdome, but they now seem to be doing it in the wild as well. Typical cases involve adults eating their young.

 

The phrase “happy as a clam” is incomplete

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The longer version of the term is “as happy as a clam at high water,” though it’s rarely used. The idiom makes more sense in full because a clam at high tide is typically free from predators.

 

Crabs communicate by the sound of their claws and pincers

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Crabs create sounds by drumming and flapping their sharp appendages in what can only be described as crustacean Morse code. Some species of crab have one especially large claw used for communication.

 

Lobsters pee out of their faces, especially when they want blood or sex

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Lobsters’ antennal glands are the greenish-brown spots near the antennae, and it’s custom for them to pee at each other during battle or courtship. The female, who makes the first move, pees in a male’s shelter several times, creating a pheromonal state of relaxation for the male.

 

One shrimp can lay a million eggs

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In a single season, a female shrimp will produce an absurd amount of offspring, which will hatch in two weeks’ time. They can also survive in any water conditions as long as there’s food, so a breeding area can be pretty much anywhere.

 

Lobsters used to be served to prisoners who absolutely hated it

Back in colonial times, in a stunning comparison to their high-brow status these days, lobsters were constantly fed to prisoners (and slaves). They were cheap, omnipresent, and gross. Prisoners got so sick of eating lobster that a rule to reduce their serving to only three days a week was enforced.

 

The mantis shrimp kills its prey in the craziest, most brutal way imaginable

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The mantis shrimp dismembers other shellfish with its two appendages that carry the same velocity of a rifle gunshot — moving so quickly that they boil the water around them, ultimately creating a shockwave that can also kill prey. To put that into perspective, if a human had utilized that same force in their arms, they would be able to throw a rock into outer space! Not only that, but their shell is so intense that it’s inspired actual human body armor.

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High Toxin Levels Cause Hold On Crab Season In West Coast

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Bad news for crab lovers in the West Coast. The Associated Press reports that crab season has been delayed because dangerous toxin levels were found in the crustaceans along the coast of California, Oregon and Washington.

Elevated levels of domoic acid were discovered in the crabs, causing major concerns from health officials. The toxin is naturally produced by microscopic algae in the Pacific. When consumed by shellfish, it produces the domoic acid.

While domoic acid can usually be found in the crustaceans, the elevated levels are what’s causing concerns. Low concentrations are pretty harmless, however, highly-concentrated levels of the toxin can cause minor or severe illness and possibly even death.

Though crab season for the states has been delayed, officials say that it’s safe to eat the crabs currently sold in stores.

The delay will be in effect until health officials believe its finally safe to fish for crabs. When we do eat them, however, it’s best to avoid the fat in the back of the shell as well as the gut. Those areas are where the toxins accumulate.