Mon February 4, 2013
Flame Box Crab found around Block Island
The flame box crab, or Calappa Flammea, has recently been caught twice in the waters off Block Island.
The crab, distinct for the red flame-like pattern on its shell, is generally found in the Gulf Coast, though it has been found as far north as Massachussetts.
Chair of the Block Island Shellfish Commission, Hermann Gempp, told the Block Island Times that the crabs most likely migrated north in a storm, or traveled up the Gulf Stream.