This weekend, I picked up 2 live crabs for about $6 at Pearson's Port seafood in Newport Beach--they sell for $2.99 a pound and come in a range of sizes. I got a fat male with big claws (for my husband) and a female (with roe--yum!) for myself.
Prices on other things were also quite reasonable (I was also tempted by fresh sardines/smelts-- I couldn't tell which--going for $1.99 a pound, but I decided not to be greedy.)
Anyhow, the crabs were delicious--and their tastiness was only slightly diminished by my darling spouse singing morbid little ditties in their honor all through dinner ("Mr. and Mrs. Crab/ Went on a swim one day...")