Perhaps the quintessential icon of the Chesapeake Bay, the blue crab brings in more than $50 million dollars of revenue each year—the highest value of any Bay commercial fishery, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program. Slowly but surely this important Bay creature is rebounding from the dark days of a depleted population in the 1990s and early 2000s. Here, Nick Fornaro of Edgewater, Maryland, captures a Chesapeake Bay blue crab, also called "Beautiful Swimmer," in full and beautiful detail: "She was too small to keep. I placed her on the dock and she wouldn't move. After the picture I nudged her back in the water."
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