King crab (lat. Paralithodes camtschaticus) is similar to crabs, but belongs to the family of crustaceans; it is the biggest representative of the Far East. Other names: Royal or giant Alaskan king crab. It inhabits the Northeast Pacific, the coast of Kamchatka, Sakhalin, the Kuril Islands.
The crab looks frightening: three pairs of limbs and a couple of 'hands' are covered with sharp thorns; the carapace is reddish-brown. The fifth pair of limbs (which he hides under the abdomen) indicates its true origin. The thorns cover a carapace and claws on both sides. It is noteworthy that the right claw is the perfect tool for crushing the shells and sea urchins, and the left helps to cut worms and other invertebrates.
The carapace diameter of males can reach 25 cm, of females - 20 cm. The weights are 7.5 and 4 kg. In summer it lives in shallow waters and in winter it the leaves for the sea at a depth of up to 120 m. Once a year the organism of a crab totally renews. First, females, then males. After this process, they spawn.
Crabmeat is a valuable source of protein; it is a low-calorie and dietary product with a specific smell and taste. It is good as a separate dish or as an ingredient for many dishes.