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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.

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This Fisherman Just Caught a Giant and Terrifying 18-Inch Mantis Shrimp

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Steve Bargeron, a Fort Pierce Fisherman, was more than surprised with his daily catch when he literally pulled up a monster. Bargeron struggled to reel in a massive shrimp that measured 18-inches. The creature was identified as a Mantis Shrimp, a crustaceous species that is known for its independently moving eyes.

Bargeron added that the shrimp had to be held by its back like a lobster since it would not stop moving around. Mantis shrimp are known for three separate views for depth perception through each individual eye. They’re also able to detect polarized light and see the ultraviolet spectrum.

While at first, we’d be terrified of such a catch our minds immediately go towards all the awesome shrimp dishes possible from this massive creature. Think of all the shrimp tacos this guy could make.

H/T Ripley’s

 

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The World’s Most Dangerous Job: a Rare, Heartracing Look at the Life of a Fisherman

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Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two).

“When the economy went South in 2002, I decided to head North and return to commercial fishing in Alaska. I landed a deckhand job aboard a 43 foot cod jigger which led to a King crab job in the Bering Sea. I spent 7 years crabbing aboard the f/v Rollo and brought my camera along to document the experience. Known as one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, we battled up to forty foot seas and a marathon of sleepless nights often working in freezing conditions. Many of my best photographs were never made as all hands were needed during the fiercest storms.”

Considering the already fierce wind and waves in many of Corey’s photographs, that’s saying a lot. You can see more of the series Fish-Work, along with enough superb water-based photography to keep any salty soul happy, at coreyfishes.com.

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Originally written by Benjamin Starr for VisualNews