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Bizarre Blue Lobster Saved From the Pot and to Go on Display at the London Aquarium
Mirror ^ | 11/17/2011 | Euan Stretch

Posted on 11/17/2011 4:23:34 PM PST by nickcarraway

HE was heading for a pan of boiling water, ready to be served up for dinner.

But this electric-blue lobster has given scientists food for thought instead because of its colour.

The eye-catching crustacean named Lionel was caught by fishermen off Scotland and sent to a London market.

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But fishmonger Rex Goldsmith thought he was too beautiful to eat and bought him for a tenner before handing him over to the Natural History Museum.

Rex, 45, who saw Lionel at Billingsgate Market while buying supplies for his Chelsea Fishmonger shop, said: “It’s the most striking blue lobster I have seen in 30 years in the business and was too nice to put in a pot and boil.”

The museum believes the European lobster, usually a much darker shade of blue, has a rare genetic variant.

Lionel will go on display at the London Aquarium – well it would be shellfish not to show him off.


TOPICS: Food; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: blue; lobster; london

Is there such a thing a blue drawn butter?

1 posted on 11/17/2011 4:23:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; TigerLikesRooster; SunkenCiv

Cool!


2 posted on 11/17/2011 4:24:37 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: nickcarraway

“...well it would be shellfish not to show him off.”

Pun made me want to claw my eyes out...


3 posted on 11/17/2011 4:25:32 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Winstons Julia

Don’t be so crustacean.


4 posted on 11/17/2011 4:27:27 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Awesomeness!!!!!!


5 posted on 11/17/2011 4:27:29 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: nickcarraway

Surprising that it lived tghat long..In nature..mutations involving color usually do not survive..because they can’t hide in their environment..


6 posted on 11/17/2011 4:29:20 PM PST by ken5050 (OH SHIT****NOT MITT!!!)
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To: nickcarraway
Is there such a thing a blue drawn butter?

Everything's better with Blue Bonnet on it...

7 posted on 11/17/2011 4:30:44 PM PST by null and void (MSGT Dean Hopkins USMC (ret) WWII-Korea-Vietnam 11/9/1925-10/22/2011 My hero, my Dad)
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To: nickcarraway

You hurt my feelers...


8 posted on 11/17/2011 4:33:38 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s just been out of the water too long!


9 posted on 11/17/2011 4:35:05 PM PST by Boiling point (Cain / Palin 2012)
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10 posted on 11/17/2011 4:36:55 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: ken5050

With a rattle can of Krylon® I can sell you a lot of blue lobsters.


11 posted on 11/17/2011 4:37:03 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: nickcarraway; All

It’s beautiful.


12 posted on 11/17/2011 4:44:07 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s just cold. Stick him in a pot of hot water and he’ll taste fine.


13 posted on 11/17/2011 4:46:07 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks pretty much like a Homarus Americanus to me.


14 posted on 11/17/2011 4:49:50 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: nickcarraway

I wish you would clam up!


15 posted on 11/17/2011 4:52:47 PM PST by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

Don’t be crabby.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 4:54:24 PM PST by Bigg Red (Maryland girl on the Cain Train)
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To: nickcarraway

Aaah, he’s real purdy.

Guess we won’t know why he’s blue until the autopsy.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 5:17:14 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

It’s probably not methemoglobinemia . . . . that turns people blue.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 5:41:54 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: ken5050

“Surprising that it lived tghat long..In nature..mutations involving color usually do not survive..because they can’t hide in their environment..”

Unlike red lobsters.

I don’t know, I don’t see too many ‘Blue Lobster’ restaurants so they must be doing something right.


19 posted on 11/17/2011 5:46:48 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: ken5050
Surprising that it lived tghat long..In nature..mutations involving color usually do not survive..because they can’t hide in their environment..

I doubt it was pulled from shallow water. It was probably deeper in blue water.

20 posted on 11/17/2011 5:53:03 PM PST by fso301
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21 posted on 11/17/2011 5:57:10 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: fso301

HE IS BEAUTIFUL. How big is he?


22 posted on 11/17/2011 5:57:47 PM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: nickcarraway; All

My daughter just told me a blue lobster is one in 2 Million a yellow lobster is one 30 million and the Crystal Lobster is one in 100 million..She had some video she played on her ipod.

the blue lobster is blue because of a genetic defect that makes them produce too much protien..

Hey she did learn something in School.


23 posted on 11/17/2011 6:12:35 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: nickcarraway; All; ken5050

My daughter just told me a blue lobster is one in 2 Million a yellow lobster is one 30 million and the Crystal Lobster is one in 100 million..She had some video she played on her ipod.

the blue lobster is blue because of a genetic defect that makes them produce too much protien..

Hey she did learn something in School.


24 posted on 11/17/2011 6:13:57 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poGo6YzNkPg

at 30 seconds in the video all about lobsters kinda cool


25 posted on 11/17/2011 6:16:19 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: Rightly Biased

Thanks


26 posted on 11/17/2011 6:19:22 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Rightly Biased

Thank you.


27 posted on 11/17/2011 6:30:33 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: angcat
HE IS BEAUTIFUL. How big is he?

Don't know. I'd guess about a pound. His body is 27cm long which is about 10.5 inches. Tip of the claw to tip of the tail is 40cm which is about 16 inches.


28 posted on 11/17/2011 7:13:09 PM PST by fso301
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To: nickcarraway

Paging George Carlin......I’ve found the blue food!


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To: nickcarraway

You have to see the picture of him in order to appreciate him. He really is a beautiful blue.


31 posted on 11/17/2011 10:54:31 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Rightly Biased

Good for her


32 posted on 11/18/2011 4:50:33 AM PST by ken5050
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To: fso301

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