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Leo Lovel (R) and his two sons Clay Lovel (L) and Ben Lovel (C), stand by one of the 4 or more tanks that are usually full of female crabs as they get ready to molt their shell leaving them as a soft shell crab for less than a 3 hour window before their new shell hardens...In this photo a male crab clings to the female and will for days at a time until the female molts her shell at which time he will turn her over and mate before moving on.  Usually the  Lovels will have up to 300 crabs in each of the tanks set up at any one  time but due to the recent cold snap, there are only enough to supply his own restaurant, Spring Creek Restaurant.

Leo Lovel (R) and his two sons Clay Lovel (L) and Ben Lovel (C), stand by one of the 4 or more tanks that are usually full of female crabs as they get ready to molt their shell leaving them as a soft shell crab for less than a 3 hour window before their new shell hardens...In this photo a male crab clings to the female and will for days at a time until the female molts her shell at which time he will turn her over and mate before moving on. Usually the Lovels will have up to 300 crabs in...
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