Chesapeake Bay Crab Found With Extra Claw

Before you blame pollution, some say this claw could be a natural phenomenon.

A Reddit user was cracking Chesapeake Bay crabs this weekend when he came across this claw. “Scuba Steve” posted the picture which has drawn more than a thousand responses.

Danny Clemens with found a possible explanation: crabs consistently molt out of their shells (becoming soft-shelled crabs for a time) and if something goes wrong — such as losing a claw — during that time, they’ll grow a new one. Sometimes the DNA gets mixed up and they grow an extra claw.

As one Reddit responder pointed out, “Looks like the little one makes a good bottle opener.”

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