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Snapshots of blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), from northeastern Brazil.

21 May

There has been an ongoing interest in blue crab fisheries in the northeast of Brazil since the 1960′s, when the state of Alagoas recorded an average annual yield of 57 tons. Being a Biologist and a teacher, I became curious to find out a bit more of this intriguing wild population…  official or unofficial literature on the activities of blue crab fisheries in Brazil are scarce, but this resource is known to be the bycatch of several fisheries. There is great fishing potential for the species of the genus Callinectes, since blue crab fisheries are still mostly artisanal, located in small fishing communities scattered along the Brazilian coast. :o Now worries… there’ll be no Science over here, though, only interesting snapshots of these beautiful creatures!

Due to blue crabs’ productivity and socioeconomic importance, they’ve been constantly monitored and evaluated, with the purpose of maintaining sustainability, ensuring the continuing existence of the fisheries. Here, a quick sample of their “protected homes” :o

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in photography, science, wildlife

 

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14 responses to “Snapshots of blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), from northeastern Brazil.

  1. jeanne

    May 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    The colors found in nature always take my breath away…love those crabs!

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you very much, Jeanne! Glad you liked the colors… We also love to take pictures of nature, and build memories of these fantastic places we’re getting to know/visit while working/being posted at different places… Definitely, a fortunate experience. Cheers from Brazil! :o

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  2. Bella Remy Photography

    May 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    These crabs are just too cute ! Thanks for sharing.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      They’re really lovely… loved their deep blue color… :o Thanks for checking it out!

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  3. Raf Kiss

    May 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I ran into one of these on the camping site on Ilha Grande. It was huge and apparently wandered off and found itself quite far from the sea. I guess it would have survived, but to make sure, I brought it back to the water :)

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      So good you did that, Raf! Thank you! :o People find them beautiful, and try to take them home… Thanks for stopping by the blogpost and sharing your thoughts! What a rich experience is blogging and sharing! :o

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  4. Heather Dray

    May 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Love this! These shots are amazing, and I love learnings something new!

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  5. firstandfabulous

    May 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Beauty and the beast, all wrapped into one! Excellent!

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  6. island traveler

    May 21, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Stunning and fun images!

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