National Geographic : 1928 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society THE BLUE CRAB This is the edible crab, so well known on our tables as the "soft-shelled crab," during its molting period. The painting shows it as seen in shallow water on a bright sunny day. The Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, when in the hard-shelled stage, is powerful and one of the most active of swimming crabs (see also Color Plate III). It is common to certain localities on the Atlantic coast.