Chesapeake Bay "Turducken Crab" Goes Viral

It's not often that a Chesapeake Bay blue crab breaks the internet. But a photo of Tangier Island's mayor holding a crab with two oysters growing on it has been shared countless times.

Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge is a full-time waterman, and couldn't believe his eyes when he pulled out of his trap a two-year-old blue crab with two six-month-old oysters attached to it.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it's not that unusual for an oyster to attach to a living crab's shell, but it is rare for the oysters to grow to this size. They're calling it a "Chesapeake Bay Turducken."

Despite its novelty, the crab-oyster is not a good sign, according to CBF. Baby oysters need hard surfaces to attach to while they grow: ideally, old oyster shells and oyster reefs. But those are scarce. The fact that these oysters had to make their homes on a live crab may mean there just wasn't enough habitat available to them.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation