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Video Experiment: Do Crab Respond to UV Bait the Way Fish Do?

Do crab respond to bait dyed with UV reactive cure? Sabastian Chik's experiment is living proof that they do.

Sabastian Chik, aka "Seabass" shares in this video his secret for cast-crabbing success. Alongside using Pro Cure's Crab and Shrimp attractant, Chik explains that curing his bait in Pro Cure's Brine and Bite Complete with UV Flash aids in helping crab find the bait in dirty, murky water.

Chik is right on the money, and there's science to prove it.

Smithsonian Magazine points to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology that was originally focused on concentrations of bioluminescent species. While viewing the ocean floor from a submersible roughly a half mile deep, they made a few interesting discoveries. One was the disappointing lack of bioluminescence, however as a by product of the study, they noticed that several species of crab were grasping at the few glowing creatures that they did see.

As Joseph Stromberg of Smithsonian Magazine explains,

"Using special equipment on the submersible, they suctioned the creatures into light-tight containers and brought them to the surface, then conducted an experiment aboard their ship. Flashing various colors and intensities of light at the crabs while using electrodes to monitor their eye movement, Frank discovered that all seven species tested were capable of seeing blue light. This wasn't particularly surprising, as blue is the only color of light that can naturally penetrate down to the ocean floor as all other colors are filtered out by the water."

With that scientific evidence, the Blue UV Flash Brine definitely plays a factor in the crab being able to find the bait. To see more of Sabastian Chik's videos, follow "Fishing with Seabass" on Facebook.