Suzanne The Farmer’s Wife, who makes her own laundry soap by the 3-gallon batch (and I am duly impressed by the way) just happened to be the first one to post on this contest and she just happened to be right! Except that it is not a soft shelled crab, but a very lively hard-shelled blue one! And man, was it a beauty.
This the exact photo from which the closeup was pulled for the contest. If you look closely, it was the section just below the eyes. Lyle pointed out the number 193 on its shell, but it’s not even visible in this photo. I’m not sure if that was a freak of nature or what. I’ve never heard of anyone marking crabs, since they molt and change shells regularly. I’ll have to remember to ask someone.
Did you have any idea they are so pretty right out of the water?
And look! They are still pretty even after they are boiled!
Congratulations, Suzanne!!! Please message me on the Bayou Woman page with your address so I can send you that honey, honey!
Thank you all for taking the time to wager a guess. It was fun! We’ll have to do it again soon! Maybe a “name that migratory bird” contest!!! Yea!!! (Kim are you there?)