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Stock Photographs of Blue Swimming Crab Processing for the International Export Market

The Blue Swimming Crab (Portunus Pelagicus), also known as the flower crab, blue crab, blue swimmer crab, blue manna crab or sand crab, is a large crab found in the intertidal estuaries and Asian coasts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and along the Middle-Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The crabs are also widely distributed in eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The males are a bright blue in colour with white spots and with characteristically long arms and legs (chelipeds), while the females have a more rounded but duller greenish brown body (carapace). The body of both male and femal crabs can be up to 20 centimetres (7.9 inches) wide. The flesh from the body and claws is especially sweet, and is a delicacy that is highly prized throughout the world.

Taprobane Seafoods (Pvt) Ltd., a modern seafood processing factory near Negombo, Sri Lanka, buys Blue Swimming Crab from local fishermen all around the coasts of Sri Lanka. The crabs are speedily transported to the factory for grading, processing and canning, before being shipped to the USA and other countries.

Map of Sri Lanka seafood purchasing and processing locations
 
Map, made by me, of the Purchasing and Processing centres used by Taprobane Seafoods (Pvt) Ltd.

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