Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Molting Crab

The crab's carapace splits in the back and the crab backs out of it. After absorbing water and swelling to a larger size, the new carapace will harden.

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Florida's American shad are the smallest on the East Coast of the United States. In Florida, shad average 2 to 3 pounds; the state record is 5.19 pounds.

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