Giant blue crab caught by Md. high school students

47ABC - A giant blue crab was caught by a group of high school students boating in the Chesapeake Bay.

Tom Zolper, a public information officer for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation ("CBF"), says the crab was caught as part of an educational class trip on September 27.

Students from Aberdeen High School set out on the Bay in the Snow Goose, a converted workboat used to help students learn about the local environment.

According to the ABC affiliate WJLA, the crew caught the crab while taking samples from the Bay so the students, some of whom had never been on a boat before, could see what types of creatures are living at the bottom of the Bay.

Zolper tells 47ABC the crab was not weighed; however, it was released back into the water shortly after it was caught.

CBF reports the Chesapeake Bay watershed is home to more than 2,700 species of wildlife. The most iconic of them all is the blue crab, also known as the Bay's "beautiful swimmer".

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