Champion Crab Races Day – February 17, 2023

Champion Crab Races Day hosts a very interesting sporting event on February 17. A typical crab race event requires people to enter crabs in competitions with the chance to win prize money. Competing crabs enter about 12 to 14 heat races. The winner of each race goes on to compete in the championship race. The race begins with the competing crabs under a bowl in the middle of a racing ring. Once the bowl is lifted, the race starts, and it’s pure anticipation until the winning crab crosses outside the ring.

History of Champion Crab Races Day

The National Crab Racing Association (N.C.R.A.) is the most prominent organization involved with crab racing. In 1979, the organization was founded by Jim Morgan. The N.C.R.A. is responsible for training crabs to compete in the championship races. They get their crabs from the top importer of hermit crabs globally, Florida Marine Research. The best crabs from training go on to the crab racing circuit in Canada and the United States.

Crabs are known to have existed during the Jurassic period, 200 million years ago. Most crab species can be found in coastal areas containing fresh, brackish, and salty water. The smallest known crab species is the pea crab. Its size is about 0.27 and 0.47 inches in length. The largest known crab species is the Japanese spider crab. Its size measures about 12 feet in length between its claws. The soft tissue is protected by its exoskeleton, which is made of a fibrous substance called chitin. It is strong enough to keep them safe from some predators and environmental hazards. Crabs sometimes live together in groups referred to as casts.

Crabs are a significant part of some cultures. Crabs are harvested and eaten, and this is considered an activity with cultural significance. Many races take place during the Great American Crabs races or a race hosted by the National Crab Racing Association. Every year, only one special crab is awarded the Morgan Trophy. Other winners of championships are sometimes returned to the sea. Winning crab racers also sometimes receive prize money. During the holiday, thousands of crabs are prepared and eaten at various locations celebrating the holiday.

Champion Crab Races Day timeline

19th Century
Europeans Watch Crab Races

In the indo-pacific, Europeans observe as locals conduct hermit crab races with the Strawberry hermit crab.

Late 1800s
The Purple Pincher is Used in Races

The Europeans, who settle in the West Indies, begin to trade the native area hermit, called the soldier crab or the ‘purple pincher.’

1934
The World Hermit Crab Racing Federation

The World Hermit Crab Racing Federation (W.H.C.R.F.) is formed.

2003
A Revival of the Games

The league accepts new members who pass the requirements of continuing education training, hermit crab care, integrity, sportsmanship, sales training, and a code of conduct.

Champion Crab Races Day FAQs

What are some benefits of eating crabs?

Crabs aid in maintaining a balanced weight. They have Omega-3 fatty acids that prevent blood clotting.

Do crabs help with memory?

Crabs contain nutrients that aid in brain development and boost memory.

Can pregnant women eat crabs?

Crabs are a great source of vitamin B and Omega-3 acids, making them highly recommended during pregnancy — but in moderation.

Champion Crab Races Day Activities

  1. Get a crab

    You can get a crab and keep it as a pet. You can also train your crab to compete in races.

  2. Read about crabs

    There are many facts about crabs that may surprise you. Learn more about them to appreciate their many characteristics.

  3. Attend or enter a crab race

    Take the opportunity to experience a real-life crab race. You can even go ahead and enter a crab of your own in the races.

Why We Love

  1. Crabs have a short lifespan

    The average crab only lives for about three to four years.

  2. They reproduce quickly

    Female crabs only stay pregnant for about one or two weeks, laying between 1,000 to 2,000 eggs at a time.

  3. Crabs are omnivorous

    The diet of a crab consists of both meat and plants.

  4. There are many species

    Crabs exist in over 4,500 species.

  5. They’re not straightforward

    Crabs are known to walk and swim sideways

Why We Love Champion Crab Races Day

  1. Crabs help the ecosystem

    Crabs constitute a significant decomposer in the marine ecosystem. They help to clean up the sea.

  2. They provide food

    People have eaten crabs since humans have lived near the sea. They provide lots of healthy nutrients.

  3. Crabs are medicinal

    Crabs have been known to have health benefits. These include preventing cancer, regulating cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, and providing anti-oxidant properties.

Champion Crab Races Day dates

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