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ME - Rare Blue Crab Found Washed up on Maine Coast

Blue crabs are common from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and are not typically found in the Gulf of Maine

While beachcombing at Moody Beach in Wells over the weekend, Rich Young and his 13-year-old son Alex came across something rare: blue crabs.

The Youngs, of York, found two blue crabs washed up on shore while volunteering for the Blue Ocean Society for Maine Conservation, picking up trash on the beach.

Rich said they're on the beach in Wells a lot because they have family that lives nearby, and amid the pandemic, it's a perfect way to gather safely outdoors. While they find lots of interesting things on the beach, Rich said these were the first blue crabs they've come across.

Blue Ocean says blue crabs are not typically found in the Gulf of Maine, and are common from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

Areas in southern New England also have a healthy population of blue crabs, including the coastlines of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A few decades ago, blue crabs would rarely be found north of Cape Cod. But according to scientists, warming waters are allowing crabs to survive further north.

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