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Check out this super-rare lobster…

Posted by on November 3, 2012

Normally, is a lobster-free zone (those of you who are close to me can probably understand why that may be) but I’ve decided to make an exception for this particular crustacean because it’s so cool looking and rare!

Yes, this lobster is real and no, someone didn’t paint it to look like that! It was caught a few days before Halloween by lobsterman Dana Duhaime of Beverly, MA who has since donated the lobster to the New England Aquarium. According to marine biologists this is a rare ‘split’ lobster that’s characterized by two distinct colors on each side of its body. The split is due to a “complete cellular division” that occurs when the lobster egg is first fertilized. Orange-black (Halloween), split lobsters are exceedingly rare; occurring roughly once in 50 to 100 million lobsters.

Pretty cool, huh??

-Kayak Dave

2 Responses to Check out this super-rare lobster…

  1. floridaadventurer

    Whoah. Does this happen with other animals? or other crustaceans?

    • arrudad

      Yes, apparently this condition occurs in other creatures as well (notably insects) but remains exceedingly rare. This article tackles the question of why we’re seeing more of these strange color combinations these days:

      There’s also a similar condition, called Gynandromorphy, in which an animal is split down the middle in therms of sex and therefore color (half male and half female). Although this is not the case for the lobster in my post, gynandromorphy has been seen in lobsters, crabs, birds, and a host of insects. Here are some really cool pictures to check out:

      -Kayak Dave

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