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Crab Molt on Beaches Is Larger Than Usual

July 30, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

The annual crab molt that litters the city's beaches with mounds of shells and crab bodies is larger than usual this year.

"This is the largest molt I have seen in any recent time," said Jim Waldvogel of the UC cooperative extension.

During molting, the crab's shell separates, and the crab crawls out of it and grows larger. The crab then digs into the sand with its soft new shell and stays there until it hardens.

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