Skip to comments.Rare six-clawed lobster is caught off Massachusetts
Posted on 09/09/2013 2:46:09 PM PDT by Red Badger
Fishermen discover mutated crustacean in trap and donate it to Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor where it will go on public display.
A very rare lobster is set to go on public display this week at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor where it will live among other odd-looking lobsters, mostly those with strange coloring.
But this one will stand out for something quite extraordinary: it has six claws.
Capt. Peter Brown and fisherman Richard Figueiredo were lobster fishing aboard The Rachel Leah, one of the five boats featured in Lobster Wars on Discovery Channel, when they caught the four-pound, 10-year-old crustacean in one of their traps off Hyannis, Massachusetts.
On the left side, they noticed five Edward Scissorhands-like claws where only one claw should be. A normal claw was on the other side.
Recognizing the lobster as something special, Brown named the lobster Lola and donated it to the Maine State Aquarium.
This claw deformity is a genetic mutation, aquarium manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques told WMTW-TV in Maine. Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw.
The aquarium has two other lobsters with similar deformities on display, but neither is like Lola. Hayden-Roderiques said she has never seen one with six claws before.
It was also a first for David Libby, a marine scientist for the Department of Marine Resources who works at the aquarium and has 40 years of experience working with marine life.
Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw, he told the Bangor Daily News. But Ive never seen anything like this.
Lucky for Lola, the deformity saved her life.
Heres a Newsy report on the lobster (Bangor Daily News also has a video worth watching):
VIDEO AT LINK..............
lot of meat, yum.
Gotta be because of climate change. :-)
Octobster, NEW from Roger Corman studios.
Nothing that some clarified butter and a little
Old Bay won’t fix...
If he only had an opposable thumb!
It’s a Michael Jackson Lobster. A rare sub-species.
(Which immediately makes one wonder why the month shouldn't be Decober.)
I thought it would be Septobster. And that’s just ridiculous.
Don’t give the SyFy channel any ideas. First it will be “Sharbster”. And then “Sharbsternado”.
Then I would name him Stew.
Corman’s film cycle predates the Sharknado series.
He pointed this out on the Facebook.
I think I would skip that one. I prefer the tails, anyway.
That’s a heck of a lobster...made it all the way to Fukushima and back.
LOL! That’s what it looks like.
Just as well they’re putting it in an aquarium. We had more than the usual number of lobsters this past summer, because the prices were extremely low from the local lobstermen.
But that one doesn’t look like something I’d like to eat.
This lobster does not have 6 claws. It has one actual claw, and one deformed claw that can’t pick up anything... but that deformed claw sure could dredge thru some seafloor for snacks for the operational claw to pick up.
Looks like something a working companion caught from a skank over at a bar in Oklahoma.
Did she crawl across the Rocky Mountains or around the Cape of Good Hope?
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!
Okay, You win!..................
It went thru the Panama Canal, silly!...............
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