A six-clawed lobster discovered during the filming of Discovery Channel's "Lobster Wars," is settling into a new home at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor with a new name: Lola.
The unusual marine crustacean was recently caught off the coast of Hyannis by Captain Peter Brown and lobsterman Richard Figueiredo on the reality TV show, UPI.com reported
"Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw," David Libby, a marine scientist at the aquarium said of Lola's unusual feature, UPI.com reported. "But I’ve never seen anything like this."
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With five claws on one side of its body and one normal claw on the other, the genetic defect might have hampered her in the wild; however it turned out to be a positive for Lola in captivity.
Due to her unique feature, Lola was spared the fate of her fellow captured lobsters, most of which wind up being laid out at a fish market or sprawled across the bottom of a supermarket tank, ignorantly awaiting the pot of boiling water that will seal their fate.
At the Maine State Aquarium, which attracts some 35,000 visitors a year, the 10-year-old, four pound lobster will live out her years sharing an exhibit with other unique marine crustaceans, including orange, blue and half-and-half lobsters — one color on one side, another on the other — as part of the facility's large collection of "weird lobsters."
"Everyone who comes in wants to see the weird lobsters," Aquarium manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques told the Bangor Daily News
, adding that Lola will spark even more interest.
"We’re kind of the place for unusual lobsters," Hayden-Roderiques added. "We think the colored ones are about one in a million, but there’s no way to know."
Lola is expected to be put on public display next week.
In recent years, accounts of bright blue, orange, yellow, calico, white, and even half-and-half, have jumped. It's now common to hear several stories a month of a lobsterman bringing one of the quirky crustaceans to shore.
Bright colored lobsters are believed to be at a disadvantage at the bottom of the ocean where predators are thought to single them out because of their unusual color.
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