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DUNGENESS CRAB TANK

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DUNGENESS CRAB TANK

90.00

OCEAN CAMOUFLAGE

Style up with the primal purple pattern of the Dungeness crab. Designed from a freshly molted carapace, this elegant tank asks you to look closely, making you wonder about the evolutionary meaning of the beautiful speckles and markings this creature wears on its back.

The neckline of this soft modern jersey tank can be adjusted for more or less coverage, and can be dressed up or down!  

HABITAT + LIFESTYLE

These crabs shed their exoskeleton as many as six times a year in the first two years of their life!! Talk about SELFLESS NON-ATTACHMENT. When crabs first hatch in nearshore waters they have a larval stage as a microscopic zoea, living a PATIENT pelagic life, suspended in the water and moving with currents with other plankton. In their next life stage as a megalopae, they grow a little larger – to the size of your pinky nail – and lose some length in their tail. Springtime ocean currents bring megalopae, already WELL-TRAVELLED, in large numbers in towards shore. They are preyed upon by Coho salmon and Grey Whales, and sometimes catch rides on Velella Velella into shore. Crabs are juvenile for two years, staying in shallow waters. Adult crabs feed on fish and invertebrates in waters up to 2,000 feet deep. Males can only mate with a female who has recently molted, and typically hold a female in a prolonged AFFECTIONATE embrace just prior to and after she molts, for up to two weeks!

STATUS

Dungeness crab populations in California have, according the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, been fully exploited for at least 40 years and fishing intensity is extreme -  in most years, between 80 to 90 percent of all available legal-sized male crabs are taken.  Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch considers the California crab pot fisheries to be fairly stable.  However, many of the whale entanglements that occur here are linked to crab pot fishing. Changes in ocean temperature, wind and currents all affect the population's survival - climate change induced warming ocean surface temperatures seriously threaten all plankton.

CONSERVATION PARTNER: MISSION BLUE

1% of the profit on your purchase goes directly to Mission Blue, working to create a global network of marine protected areas. 

SIZING + CARE

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OCEAN CAMOUFLAGE

Style up with the primal purple pattern of the Dungeness crab. Designed from a freshly molted carapace, this elegant tank asks you to look closely, making you wonder about the evolutionary meaning of the beautiful speckles and markings this creature wears on its back.

The neckline of this soft modern jersey tank can be adjusted for more or less coverage, and can be dressed up or down!  

HABITAT + LIFESTYLE

These crabs shed their exoskeleton as many as six times a year in the first two years of their life!! Talk about SELFLESS NON-ATTACHMENT. When crabs first hatch in nearshore waters they have a larval stage as a microscopic zoea, living a PATIENT pelagic life, suspended in the water and moving with currents with other plankton. In their next life stage as a megalopae, they grow a little larger – to the size of your pinky nail – and lose some length in their tail. Springtime ocean currents bring megalopae, already WELL-TRAVELLED, in large numbers in towards shore. They are preyed upon by Coho salmon and Grey Whales, and sometimes catch rides on Velella Velella into shore. Crabs are juvenile for two years, staying in shallow waters. Adult crabs feed on fish and invertebrates in waters up to 2,000 feet deep. Males can only mate with a female who has recently molted, and typically hold a female in a prolonged AFFECTIONATE embrace just prior to and after she molts, for up to two weeks!

STATUS

Dungeness crab populations in California have, according the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, been fully exploited for at least 40 years and fishing intensity is extreme -  in most years, between 80 to 90 percent of all available legal-sized male crabs are taken.  Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch considers the California crab pot fisheries to be fairly stable.  However, many of the whale entanglements that occur here are linked to crab pot fishing. Changes in ocean temperature, wind and currents all affect the population's survival - climate change induced warming ocean surface temperatures seriously threaten all plankton.

CONSERVATION PARTNER: MISSION BLUE

1% of the profit on your purchase goes directly to Mission Blue, working to create a global network of marine protected areas. 

SIZING + CARE

DANIELLE CROOK | Santa Cruz, CA

Danielle, a Santa Cruz native, is a successful actress, singer, music educator, model, not to mention a passionate tidepool hunter and beachcomber with a deep appreciation even for the tiniest forms of life – a kindred spirit to say the least! Grateful to have Danielle lend her beauty to Anima's mission!