A professional fisherman has won a stone crab claw eating contest in the Florida Keys.
Aaron Sutcliffe, 39, cracked and consumed 25 medium claws Saturday in 14 minutes and 20 seconds. He bested the record of the five-year contest staged at Keys Fisheries Restaurant by a minute.
Even though it was the Marathon resident's first contest, Sutcliffe said he was accustomed to eating stone crab claws quickly, because while growing up that was the key to satisfying his appetite at the family dinner table.
Greg D'Agostino and Rick Palmer won the team division where stone crab aficionados shared cracking and eating duties. The Marathon residents finished in 8:50.
Stone crabs are a renewable resource. Fishermen harvest legal-size claws and return the crab's body to the water to grow new extremities.
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