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Though the king and queen were lighter than those crowned last year, the national output of hairy crabs is expected to be over 800,000 tons this year. 
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The newly crowned 406.9-gram “King” crab (left) from Shanghai and his 349.5-gram queen from Jiangsu Province are displayed to crustacean enthusiasts at this year’s National River Crab Contest in the city yesterday. 

This year, over 60 crab farms brought more than 1,400 crabs to the contest, the 12th of its kind. Organized by Shanghai Ocean University, the competition measures the size, weight, appearance and (eventually) taste of the crabs. 

Though the king and queen were lighter than those crowned last year, the national output of hairy crabs is expected to be over 800,000 tons this year. 

With improved technology and knowledge, this year’s crabs will be 10 to 15 percent bigger than last year’s, setting a new record across China.

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The newly crowned 406.9-gram “King” crab (left) from Shanghai and his 349.5-gram queen from Jiangsu Province are displayed to crustacean enthusiasts at this year’s National River Crab Contest in the city yesterday. 

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The newly crowned 406.9-gram “King” crab from Shanghai

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The 349.5-gram "Queen" crab from Jiangsu Province 

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