Unusual (Diseased?) Crab Tissue

Crab leg with foamy white muscle tissue.

A side note from today’s crab dissections: I came across a crab with interesting and different muscle tissue from the others. The crab was the same species as the others, Thalamita crenata, but its muscle tissue had a foul smell and was white and gooey, unlike the normal clear greyish tissue. I have no idea what this is, but I thought it was intriguing and want to share. Was it something he ate?

"Diseased" muscle tissue, at left, next to a normal sample.

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    I recently graduated from the Donahue Lab at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and am currently a graduate student at the University of Washington. This research is funded by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, as well a scholarship from the Seattle chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation.
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