We're anxiously awaiting the start of the Dungeness Crab season in California. The season is now expected to open November 22nd and run through June. These crabs have built themselves a name in the fishing industry as they are most common along the Pacific coast running from California all the way up through Washington.
Distinguishing Dungeness from the rest
Dungeness Crabs have several markers that differentiate them from other crabs you may find in similar areas. The prominent top side of the shell will be a light reddish-brown color with hints of purple towards the low backside of the shell. There will be some lighter spots and streaks that are sporadic along the top shell. The underside of the crab will be a lighter orange or almost white color with slight indications of purples. Other indicators of the Dungeness Crab will be the claws and pincers. The pincers will be white tipped unlike other species that will have black tipped pincers. Lastly, you can identify several saw-toothed teeth along each pincer.