Truluck’s has soft shells! Like lobsters, as crabs start to grow past the size of their current hard shell, they shed that shell. This leaves them with a brand new, paper-thin soft shell, which then hardens over the course of a few days. During this time, the crab sucks in water to expand the new shell to its maximum size, leaving it space to grow another year (or more).
This process is called molting, and it’s done multiple times over the course of a crab’s life. That window of time between the molting and the hardening of the shell is when a soft-shell crab fisherman is seeking their catch.
Those who have had the pleasure of eating soft-shell crab know that it tastes just as wonderful as a hard-shell crab, without the tedious work of cracking open the thick shell and removing the meat.
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