Malformed “purple” swimming crab mass generated in the west coast of Japan

↑ Normal swimming crab (Olive color)


↑ Mass generated purple swimming crab



Unusually colored swimming crabs are mass generated in the west coast of Japan.

It’s the type of crab called swimming crab. Usually it’s olive color but purple ones have been caught overly frequently since last Autumn. This had been rare.


It’s the coastal area of Ishikawa prefecture. These purple ones are caught in all of the areas. Fishers comment most of the swimming crabs were purple in the gill net, or, they caught 3 buckets of purple crabs. They are starting to be found in Niigata prefecture too.

The purple ones are smaller than normal swimming crabs though they are adult.

They are not distributed to the market because the muscles are small and taste watery.

The cause of the mass generation is not identified.



You read this now because we’ve been surviving until today.


Français :

Des crabes “violets” apparaissent en masse sur la côte ouest du Japon (mer de chine)


↑ crabe normal (couleur olive)

↑ crabe violet apparaissant en masse

Des crabes aux couleurs inhabituelles apparaissent en masse sur la côte ouest du Japon.
C’est le type de crabes appelé “crabes nageurs” en anglais (ndt: la grande famille des Portunidae, plus de 300 espèces). Ils sont habituellement de couleur olive mais on en a ramassé des violets de façon trop fréquente depuis l’automne dernier. C’était rare avant.

C’est dans la région côtière de la préfecture d’Ishikawa (ndt: donc mer de Chine, à l’opposé du Pacifique). Ces individus violets sont pris dans toute la région. Les pêcheurs déclarent que la plupart des “crabes nageurs” étaient violets dans le filet maillant, ou, ils en ramassent 3 seaux. Ils commencent à en avoir dans la préfecture de Niigata (ndt: Mer de Chine aussi, “en face” de Fukushima) aussi.
Les individus violets sont plus petits que les normaux bien qu’ils soient adultes.
Ils ne sont pas commercialisés parce que leurs muscles sont petits et ont un goût délavé.
La raison de cette apparition en masse n’est pas identifiée.

Vous pouvez lire ceci parce que nous avons survécu jusqu’à aujourd’hui.

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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


June 2014