Yes, we love blue crabs here at Costas Inn. But there are so many crab species in the world that not mentioning them would be a crime. Each crab species has its own special identifiable quality that really makes it stand out–and, all around the world, crabs crawl and swim in our oceans (and other bodies of water, of course!). Some of these species don’t live near the US, so read on to learn all about them.
- Tasmanian Giant Crab
The heaviest crab in the world, which is a Tasmanian Giant Crab, weighs 15 pounds and its body is 15 inches across. These crabs are found off the coast of Southern Australia, in relatively deep waters (up to over 2,000 feet). They have one huge, black-tipped claw and one tiny one. They are also eaten frequently by humans.
- Japanese Spider Crab
In Japan, these crabs are known for the extreme length of their legs. They are relatively docile, despite their appearance; their legs are the longest of any known arthropod, growing up to a 12 foot wingspan. They also decorate their shells with various shellfish and sponges. Stylish as they are terrifying, spider crabs are frequently overfished, and require conservation efforts.
- Yeti Crab
Antarctica houses a crab that grows its own food. The Yeti crab resides in extremely cold waters, where food isscarce. They make up for this by growing bacteria on their claws, which gives them a fuzzy appearance; hence, their name. Yeti crabs reside near the thermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. There are three known species.
- Soft Coral Crab
Unfortunately, these cute pink crabs are only found in the Indo-Pacific, so we can’t find them anywhere near here. But they are quite adorable! They only grow up to 2 millimeters long, and reside on coral species. They are spiky and the same color as coral, so they can utilize camouflage.
- Arrowhead Crab
To finish our journey around the world, let’s take a look at the arrowhead crab. These have a large protruding horn. They reside in the Caribbean, and they tend to scavenge the ocean, just like pirates. Their long rostrum is serrated and is used as a weapon against predators.
Check out Maryland’s famous blue crabs at Costas Inn!
Even though there are plenty of amazing crabs, it’s always good to come home to Maryland for delicious blue crabs. Costas Inn has been a family owned and operated restaurant for over 40 years. We were recently voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today. You may have spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.
We were also voted #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal! You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for anytime eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube!