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NOAA Photo Library Image - fizh2057

Molting. the blue crab shown here has just begun to back out of its old shell. The new shell will stretch and smooth out as the crab absorbs water and will end up about 25 % larger than the former shell.

Image ID: fizh2057, NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Photographer: D. W. Windley BCF
Credit: NOAA Central Library Historical Fisheries Collection

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