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Atlantic rock crab
Common Name:

Atlantic rock crab

Scientific Name:

Cancer irroratus


Unique Qualities:

It can grow new legs! If a leg is damaged, the crab can replace it by growing another. When the crab is ready to molt (shed its exoskeleton), a new leg appears. The new leg is smaller and it will take a few molts before the leg is back to its original size.

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Can be Seen:

Along the coast of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and all the way down to Florida.

Likes to Hang Out:

Scuttling along sideways on rocky or sandy shorelines as well as on the bottom of the ocean in water 780 m deep. That's the same as 390 deep ends of a swimming pool on top of each other!

Likes to Eat:

Just about anything! Most crabs are scavengers and eat whatever they can get their claws on, from dead fish and seaweed to scallops and mussels.

Status:

Scientific research tells us that the rock crab population is still healthy and abundant. However, scientists warn that overharvesting is a potential problem and that the government should closely monitor their population.

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