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Blue crabs do not eat more to prepare to winter hibernation (like, for instance, a black bear might). While blue crabs are heavier in the fall, this is because the crabs have gone through several molts and grown in size.
Blue crabs have a rapid growth rate and short life span. Few blue crabs live longer than three years.
Blue crabs are omnivores. They will eat nearly anything they can find, including bivalves, crustaceans, dead fish, bristle worms, detritus, and even other crabs!
Poor water clarity does not allow sunlight to reach bay grasses growing at the bottom of shallow waters. These underwater grasses provide food and habitat for many animals, including fish, crabs and birds. Without bay grasses, these animals may not have the food and habitat they need to survive.
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