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The Big Blue Crab Returns to Rockport Beach

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ROCKPORT (Kiii News) -

After almost four decades of absence, a new and improved Big Blue Crab is back in Rockport.

The larger than life mascot of sorts is being erected at the entrance of Rockport Beach as a way to welcome anglers and tourist alike.

For those of you old enough to remember, Big Blue was an icon in Rockport during the 50s, 60s and 70s, until time and weather finally took their toll.

It would be several years later, in 2003, when a campaign got underway to bring back the Big Blue Crab. On Thursday, all the pieces were laid out, the body, the head, the legs and the pinchers, at the location where they will be pieced together for display.

People were stopping by to check out the new and improved Big Blue. The creature is the work of artist David Allgood, who spent nine months creating it.

"People can come down here and have their photo made standing in front of it, and say 'boy, they sure have big crabs in Rockport, Texas,'" Rockport resident Kam Wagert said.

The total cost to construct the giant crab was about $9,000. Every cent of that was raised by the community.

Allgood is hoping to have Big Blue completed by the end of the day on Thursday. If you spot the Big Blue Crab, send us a picture on our 3 News Facebook page.