Red King Crab Paralithodes camtschaticus

Red King Crab
Red King Crab
Red King Crab
The Red King Crab, also called Kamchatka or Alaskan King Crab, is one of the largest crabs and is native to the cold seas of the north Pacific Ocean. It's body width can be nearly a foot (28 cm) and its legspan nearly 6 feet (1.8 metres). It is a brown, reddish-brown or plum brown colour (but, like lobsters, bright red when cooked).
Red King Crab
Red King Crab
While it is under severe overfishing pressure in its native area (and harvested individuals typically well below the dimensions above), it has become a thriving invasive species in the Barents Sea and North Sea (off Norway), having been introduced by the Soviet Union, having few natural predators there and out-competing or devouring native marine life.