Found a pearl in my Alaskan King Crab Legs, I think

by Pat
(Morris County, NJ)

I went out to dinner with my high school friends tonight in NJ. I was eating King Crab Legs and something rounds was in my mouth. I took it out and dropped it on my plate. And by the sound, I thought, "I wonder if this is a pearl"?

So I came home and looked it up on the internet and it looks like one of the pearls in your pictures, I think it may look like the scallop pearl.

But I definately had King Crab Legs. Not sure if it really is a pearl though. It's my first time finding something like this.

Pat McG.

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Aug 13, 2008
Thanks for sharing
by: Kari

Hi Pat,

Thanks for sharing about your "pearl" found in crab legs. These are not technically pearls, but we've included them here, because of the similarity and it gives folks a place to share a rare find such as yours.

One pearl collector explains it this way: "In principle, they are made of the same material as the carapace of the crabs. Mostly an organic compound close the the "nails" material or the chitine within the insects, scarabs etc... I saw one formed inside the brain of a fish, same composition as the fish scales."

We love hearing about these....thanks for taking the time to add your story.

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