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best method for transporting crabs

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Looking for advice on the best method to transport some crabs. Hoping to bring some home this weekend from a fishin trip and boil when i get home, about a 2 hour drive. I've read that they need to be cool, but not submerged in fresh water. Would just setting them on top of an unopened bag of ice in an ice chest work? Appreciate any ideas.
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Re: best method for traveling crabs
Put ice in bottom of ice chest and a sack over ice then crabs to keep them out of ice and water and cool.
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Re: best method for traveling crabs
most seafood stores put live crabs in the cooler prior to boiling so that the claws and paddlers do not come off while boiling. when I bring crabs home from my camp, I put ice on top of the crabs and they become lathargic enough that you can pick them up without getting bit. once they warm up, they are lively as ever. it's best to take them from the ice, to the boiler.
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That's interesting, I knew they became lethargic when cooled but never knew this would also help keep the claws and legs intact when boiling. If they are fully lively when they hit the boiling water, is that what makes them lose their limbs? Thanks for the tips.
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