You may have heard news recently about a colorful lobster that was just donated to an aquarium in Maine. We have another bright and beautiful lobster to introduce!
|Ready for her close-up|
This orange lobster was recently caught off the tip of Cape Cod. She joined resident lobsters sporting other surprising colors. They include a cobalt blue lobster, the Aquarium’s famous Halloween lobster, which is orange on one side and black on the other, and as well as several regular colored lobsters.
|A trio of colorful Aquarium lobsters|
|Not your average lobster tails|
Billy and Cheryl Souza of North Truro, Mass., found the 1 ½ pound lobster earlier in August in one of their traps, but they put it back in the water in a secure trap for a few days so that a clutch of eggs on her abdomen would disperse. Billy, who is a third generation lobsterman, chuckled that he hopes that there are many more orange lobsters locally in about seven years when those eggs would normally mature into market size lobsters.
|The beautiful blue lobster already living at the Aquarium|
The Souzas have caught blue and very large lobsters before, but this was their first orange one. Orange lobsters have been estimated to have an incidence of about 1 in 30 million in the wild. See the new lobster with her colorful neighbors here:
Curious about lobsters?
- Aquarium scientist Michael Tlusty, Ph.D., explains how lobsters get their basic colors
- Even more unusual colorations: The calico lobster
- Meet one of the largest lobsters to have lived at the Aquarium.
- Lobsters communicate by peeing in each other's faces.
- Aquarium scientists are researching lobster shell disease by rearing baby lobsters behind the scenes.
- Look for a lobster nursery display in the Blue Planet Action Center.