Red king crabs can be very large, reaching a leg span of 1.8 m and weight up to 15 kg.
The living animals have a brown-burgundy color, the red color results from being cooked.
The king crab was introduced artificially by the Soviet Union into the Murmansk Fjord during the 1960s to provide new, valuable catch for Soviet fishermen.
In the Barents Sea it is an invasive species and its population is increasing tremendously. it has spread westwards along the Norwegian coast and also northwards up to Svalbard. The average temperature of the water for general survival of the crab is between 4°C and 10°C.
The main fishing season is from October to January, when the crab shells contain the most meat. The catch is regulated through an agreement with Russia, although a fair amount of king crab is included as a secondary catch in East Finnmark.
Detailed info at Wikipedia.
Enjoy an unforgettable king crab safari in Kirkenes. This is your chance to catch, learn how to cook, and most importantly eat this mysterious creature.