When Crabs Go Bad

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Welcome to the ugly underbelly of marine science…The author does not condone the behaviors depicted on this website. Marine invertebrates should not use drugs or consume alcohol”

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.


6 Replies to “When Crabs Go Bad”

  1. This brings back 30-year old memories from college when a hermit crab in my 80-gallon tropical salt water tank went on “tequila binge” consuming all the other inhabitants of the aquarium with the exception of a sea anemone and a copperband butterfly fish while I was away for a few days during a spring break.

    Of course, it is also possible, that all the inhabitants simply got too stoned and the hermit crab was the first to indulge its munchies.

  2. In Singapore, they serve a dish called “Drunken Crab”. The live crabs are placed in a large glass bowl, a healthy helping of brandy is poured in, and the bowl is covered with a lid.

    When the crabs have enjoyed the brandy fumes for a while, they are steamed and served. Very tasty!

    And, I suppose, not a inhumane way to end a crabs life, considering the alternatives…

  3. Oh dear, you’ve totally inspired another song “When crabs go bad”. I’ll have to work on it this weekend. Good Find, hilarious!

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