Skip to comments.How Did Odd Lobster Get Six Claws?
Posted on 09/12/2013 2:26:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Amazingly, you could. Lola, a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) lobster with five claws on her left side, was caught off Hyannis, Massachusetts, last week by the F/V Rachel Leah (from the TV show Lobster Wars) and donated to Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor.
Lola was caught last week off Massachusetts. Photograph courtesy Maine State Aquarium
Claw abnormalities occur when a set of regulatory genes that dictate growth give the wrong signal. They also sometimes occur when a lobster regenerates a claw after losing one, experts say.
The multiclawed crustacean got to meet the public briefly before being pulled off display due to health concerns, aquarium manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques told National Geographic.
Aquarium staff believe that Lola was in the molting process at the time she was caught and was acclimating to the aquarium system, she said.
Its standard protocol for us to pull any potentially molting lobster off exhibit for their protection.
After they shed their exoskeleton, lobsters become this soft, water balloon-version of a lobster, and then hide until they regrow their shell, she said. A lot of them eat their old shell to get the calcium necessary to regrow a new one. We definitely have to keep them separated until they harden enough to be exhibit-worthy again.
lobster picture Lolas claws are likely due to a genetic glitch. Photograph courtesy Maine State Aquarium
Hayden-Roderiques added theres no guarantee that Lola will regrow her unique claw after the molting process. (Also see photo: Lobster Caught Half-Cooked in Maine.)
An Oddity Among Oddities
Though a six-clawed lobster is an oddity, Lola will be among her own kind there.
Thats because Maine State Aquarium seems to be the place for unique lobsters. The aquarium houses lobsters with a variety of color variations like orange, blue, and calico, as well as a 20-pounder (we assume that one gets lots of dinner invites) and several other lobsters with unique claw mutations. (Read about a bright-blue lobster caught in 2012.)
But Lola is a catch. Even the aquariums seasoned marine scientist, David Libby from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, was so impressed by the six claws that he told the Bangor Daily News that his 40 years of experience with ocean creatures was apparently not enough.
Whats more, Lola has to be the friendliest lobster in world
Well, at least she always looks like shes waving.
Put some extra butter on.....
She’s quite hand...some.
Looks like the environmentalists of Japan are about to treat U.S. all to some new forms of sea life.
The Japs tried for many yrs to spread out and update the plants.....but were blocked by environmental political factions.
She was trying for an opposable thumb.
after all, it gave the muskrat his musk.
its, obvious, Teddy Kennedy reincarnated as the lobster, with more claws to grab women with.
They grafted the DNA from the Superbowl turkey.
odd? odd would be five claws
Did George Bush do this?
If radiation gives lobsters six claws, then I say....bring on the radiation....
Radiate the cows as well so I can get more butter...
Cows with 6 udders.....yummmm...
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