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Velvet Swimming Crab Necora puber

This crab is the second largest crab on the Norfolk coast. It has a bristly coating and a dark blue/black underlying shell. The best place to spot one is under water.

Conservation status

Not threatened.

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This can be an aggressive crab preferring to raise its claws at any threat, even humans, rather than run away. This feisty behaviour and its bright red eyes are unique to this crab. Most crabs are scavengers and not at all fussy about what they eat. They will eat any suitable food they find, alive or dead.

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