Crab Pearl Information

by Jacob Lafler

Crab Pearl Information


I discovered a crab pearl when I was twelve years old and it fascinated me. It was pink in color and shaped like a drop. I took it to my uncle he told me I should see if it is worth anything. I was surprised to learn it was worth $176. I was thrilled. Since then I have studied crab pearls and found that they are extremely rare to find in good condition and in male crabs. Usually it is an egg that rubbed off of one crab and onto another. The crab's shell then builds up around it and it becomes like a tumor and eventually kills the unfortunate female. With males it is slightly different. The pearl is a grain of sand that gets stuck under the shell while the crab is relatively young. As the crab gets older calcium builds up around the grain of sand. But this does not kill the male and that is why you have a chance at finding one when eating crab. I myself have collected 37 crab pearls. They are beautiful. My favorite one has tints of blue green and purple in it. I hope this information helps. Please keep me posted on any new info out there about these rare finds. I am very interested.

Thank You,
Jacob Lafler

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Dec 30, 2020
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Crab Pearl NEW
by: Rob McGrath

Hi, not so long ago I found a pearl in between a joint in the nipper of a male North Queensland mud crab. Very surprising reading here that it most likely started as a grain of sand. I had no idea crab pearls existed. It was white when I found it however the colour changed to pink within the first few days.

Jul 09, 2020
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Blue crab pearl
by: Lori

I was picking meat put of several male blue crabs and came across a round hard object that reminded me of a pearl. It was definitely a cool find and a first for me in my life of it's kind. I had no idea before today that it was even a thing.


Jul 01, 2020
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Found a pearl in my last bite of. Crab
by: Art C

King crab was on sale and we decided to have a crab feast (my dad likes crab and bear cancer recently, so it was also Celebratory). On my last bit, I had a strong pain in my mouth, then realized I bit a white round ball, about the size of a
Medium BB. Very surprised!

Jun 03, 2020
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Crabs do produce a type of "pearl"
by: Kari

Crabs so produce a type of "pearl", maybe not an official pearl but yes, a type of pearl. Congratulations! Enjoy your crab "pearl"! Kari

May 26, 2020
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Can pearls come inside crabs
by: Anonymous

I was eating a king crab and found something inside not sure what it is small and white do pearls come in king crabs ?

Aug 13, 2018
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Crab Pearl??
by: Anonymous

Last night my boyfriend, his brother and our sister in law were eating king crab legs
My boyfriend found what he believes is a pearl
It is rather large and we are curious what it is worth

Jan 08, 2018
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Post photos here
by: Kari

Hello,

We'd love to see photos of your crab pearls. You can post photos by going to this page: https://www.karipearls.com/crab-pearls.html

Looking forward to seeing it!
Kari

Jan 01, 2018
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Large crab pearl found
by: Anonymous

So, it is New Years today. We were eating king crab when I bit into a rather large pearl. It is a bit flat. Is there any way I could post an image of it?

Nov 05, 2016
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Crab pearl?
by: Anonymous

Okay tonight me and my wife had some snow crab 11/4/16. While eating the leg meat I got out the whole meat in one piece. While eating the meat, I hit something hard. I pulled it out and it was round pretty big that looked like a pearl. Before researching I didn't think it was any way or form of a pearl. But looked like one. So showed my wife she bit into it for texture and realized it was hard but was softer than a pearl. We both found it strange. Me being me I always have to study things so I took a knife and cut it inot two. Isnide the middle was a brown soft like texture that could of been meat or something. I Tossed it in the trash. Really wish I didn't cut it and kept it to find our more. If it was a pearl then I'm sure the inside wouldn't look like that.

Not much on line about this. So if anyone knows more I would like to know. You can email me at guardianabove@hotmail.com

Please someone tell me some thing. If people want pictures of what it looks likes on the inside just let me know.

May 12, 2012
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Crab Pearls
by: PJ

Like the prize in a Jack in the Box, I found a Crab Pearl this evening while dinning at home with the family. At first I was more than a little surprised to find this 1/4 inch object inside my king crab legs. Wondering how rare and what value these little gems carry? Is there a market for these rare finds?

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