Rare crab all white now, thanks to new home

'Albie' the Albino crab alongside a normally coloured edible crab at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.
'Albie' the Albino crab alongside a normally coloured edible crab at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

A RARE crab caught by a Blyth fisherman is all white now after being given a new home by an aquarium.

The fisherman caught a white edible crab in one of his pots, and he has now given it to Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

Although marine experts at the Tyneside attraction do not think the crab, pictured, is a true albino despite naming him Albie, they believe he is extremely rare.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “The fact that Albie is an adult crab is particularly unusual as crustaceans usually rely on camouflage to protect themselves from would-be predators.

“His bright white shell would presumably have made him an obvious target, so for him to have survived so well for such a long time is something of a mystery.

“One possible explanation is that crabs have to continuously moult as they grow and Albie’s lack of colouration may only be temporary.

“We’ll have to wait until he next moults to see whether he remains white or reverts back to his natural colouring.”