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Swan: Do the Dungeness

Updated: November 17, 2010, 4:31 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | ESPNOutdoors.com

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf has a mascot, a tasty one at that, the Dungeness Crab, otherwise known as Metacarcinus magister.

Named for Dungeness Spit in Puget Sound, a National Wildlife Refuge area about five miles north of Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, Dungeness Crabs are West Coast residents, found from Alaska to Baja, but you seldom see them south of Santa Barbara. (They have recently been found in the Atlantic off Massachusetts, which some biologists are concerned about.)

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