The Discovery Passage Aquarium Staff are feeling pretty lucky to have found this adult Puget Sound King Crab Molt! We are planning to put this beautiful shell right front and center when we open!
Puget Sound King Crabs molt their shells every springtime. They usually live in deeper water, however in the early spring they migrate into shallow water and form large aggregations. These aggregations are important for king crabs to find their mates in order to reproduce. After mating, the females with their new eggs retreat to the deep sea, while the males and juveniles remain in shallow water for the summer.
If you would like to see one of these king crabs live, check out our video series on the Puget Sound King Crab below: