A crab, which originated in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, was found in Maltese waters for the first time.
The crab’s finding was announced by the University of Malta. The crab belongs to the Atlantic blue crab species, known scientifically as Callinectus sapidus. This species was seen for the first time in the Mediterranean in 1940, in the Adriatic Sea, and is considered as very invasive.
The crab entered European seas through ballast water, fresh or sea water kept on vessels to provide them with stability when they are unloaded with merchandise.
Maritime environment expert, Prof. Alan Deidun, said that it is still early to say if this crab species will increase in numbers in local waters.