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It's "smothers" not "pods"

An Alaskan biologist writes that those large congregations of king crabs found in northern waters (SF#102) are properly called "smothers." The term "pod" refers to family groups, such as those groups of orcas patrolling the British Columbia coast.

(Home, Scott; personal communication, January 26, 1996)

From Science Frontiers #104, MAR-APR 1996. 1996-2000 William R. Corliss