Red coloured crabs on blue background

Featured Food: For the Love of Crab

As we take one of your favourite crustaceans from the sea and create five signature crab dishes in For the Love of Crab, we have put together a selection of crab-tivating facts, ready for you to impress at the dinner table.

Red coloured crabs on pink background

Did you know…

  1. A group of crabs is called a cast.
  2. A crab uses its claws as a vice for crushing or like scissors for cutting objects. Crabs also use their claws like chopsticks to pick up food.
  3. The hard shell that covers a crab’s body is called a carapace.
  4. Unlike any other sea animal, crabs are found almost everywhere in the ocean, including smoking volcanic vents thousands of metres below sea level and even under the Antarctic ice.
  5. Male and female crabs can be distinguished by looking at their abdomens. In most male crabs, the form of the abdomen (pleon) is narrow and triangular, while the females have a broader, rounder abdomen. Female crabs also generally have smaller claws than male crabs.
  6. Crabs communicate by either flapping their pincers or drumming their claws.
  7. A crab may lose a claw or leg in a fight but, in time, the claw or leg can grow back.
  8. Crabs have eyes that are set on eyestalks, moving in different directions to allow a crab to see all around. The eyestalk helps a crab see while hiding under water, rock, coral, sand, or mud.
  9. Crabs can live on land so long as they keep their gills moist.
  10. Crabs often work together to get food and to protect their families.
  11. A crab’s shell does not grow or stretch. When a grab gets bigger, it must climb out its shell in a process called molting. When a crab molts, a crack forms along the shell and then the crab backs out of it.
  12. Our chefs have prepared five signature crab dishes, exclusive to each outlet throughout May!