The mold for this pewter casting was taken from a baby Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) found in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. In spite of their colorful name, green crabs come in a variety of colors, and are often mottled with blue, green, red, and white. Green Crabs can be found from Canada to the Chesapeake Bay. These omnivorous crabs occur in many habitats, ranging from Bay eelgrass beds to rocky shores and pilings. They are native to Europe, and were introduced to America in post-colonial times by ships.
Jeff Mitchell, the artist, is a retired Electrical Engineer who now lives in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Mass. While still working in the Boston suburbs, Jeff took up metal casting as a hobby, and now recreates creatures from the waters around Cape Cod in a high grade, lead-free pewter.
This is the most difficult of the creatures to cast, due to the complexity of the slender legs.
The Baby Green Crab is 2-7/8" wide x 1-3/4" long, and weighs 1.3 oz.