This beautiful lavender-colored crab was caught off the coast of Russia in the Bering Sea and subsequently shipped with a batch of red crabs to Hokkaido, Japan. Scientists are not sure what caused its brilliant-lavender hue but believe it is either a result of a unique diet component or some sort of mutation. Meanwhile, the online community is brimming with theories including an assumption that the peculiar mutant color is a result of radiation contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
The beautiful creature is not being served up for lunch. It is being kept alive and on display at Marusan Ocean Foods.