Crab Topics

Natural history collections rely much on transport: the larger the collection, the more transport was important. This was as such in the time of Linnaeus and Darwin, it is still as such today.

Crabs, especially dried crabs, are fragile. Their legs, are kept together with soft teguments which are dried and easily fall apart. The larger the crab, the more fragile. The thinner the shelly material, the more fragile.

Therefore, packing is essential.

A classic method of packing crustaceans is to keep them stable between a paper and a styrofoam plate and a plastic. Larger crabs are packed often in a more elaborate way.

Photo 1: Small crabs, often packed on paper.

Photo 2: Larger crabs, most often packed on styrofoam.

But no postage today keeps them complete, and when boxes are dropped, the shocks provoked in breaking their legs. If postage services are rough, crabs may arrive with all the legs broken off.

Photo 3: Repair broken crab legs with toothpick piece inside.

Superglue is the main aid in this case. When crabs are quite large, it is advised to put a piece of wood inside the leg and body before you glue together the pieces.

Occasionally post offices crash the complete box and the crabs are smashed. In this case, neither our company or yourself are to blame, and responsabilities are best shared. Such cases are fortunately extremely rare, we got the case only once in ten years and many thousands of parcels.