Kamchatka crab images

Paralithodes camtschaticus, king crab

I have added some images of the great kamchatka crab Paralithodes camtschatica to the database. Dare to go eye-to-eye with this giant russian predator here on ScubaPixel!



Posted on Jan 13, 2009

The images were shot in the Barents Sea outside Berlevåg in March 2005 - almost as far north as you can possibly get in Norway.

The database now contains eight images of this very large crustacean, which can reach a leg span up to 1.8 meters (5.9 ft) and weigh more than 10 kgs (20 lb).

Voracious predators

After being released by the Russians outside Murmansk in the 1960's, the kamchatka crab has spread swiftly into Norwegian coastal waters and have now almost reached Tromsø.

The great russian king crab is considered an invasive species in the Barents Sea, and their numbers are increasing rapidly.

The crab feeds on almost anything and can leave the seabed stripped of life. Considered an invasive species, their numbers are increasing tremendously in the Barents Sea.

» Click here to read more about the kamchatka crab

This armoured beast is also covered in my Gladiators of the Sea story, a 2.100 word feature on crustaceans.

Accompanied by 150+ high-quality images, this story is not only a feast for the eyes but also give your readers a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of the crustaceans.

» Click here to browse images of the Kamchatka crab



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