LOOK: Rare Orange Lobster With Only One Claw Caught in Maine
My favorite thing about people that live in Maine: they get excited over ANY lobster news. We're so easy to entertain. So, here's some new lobster news, and it's very... orange.
A super rare, bright orange lobster was recently caught and sent to the University of New England, and according to Charles Tilburg, the academic director at the School of Marine and Environmental Programs at the university, it was caught in a trap all by itself in Casco Bay.
The lobster was sent to the school to be studied, and I imagine UNE's students are very excited to be a part of it since apparently finding an orange lobster is said to be 1 in 30 million, according to CNN.com.
OH, and it only has one claw, but she's still powering on like the powerful independent lobster she is.
The first thing I asked myself, was what does one study about a lobster? To my surprise, one of the biggest studies that Tilburg said will be done on the lobster has to do with the environment to see whether or not it has any correlation to its color:
"Will she consistently stay the same color between molts because of her particular genetic make-up or will she slowly change with each molt due to the new environmental conditions?"
The academic director also noted they want to study how the lobster adapts to the injury and that they will document the process of her regrowing her missing claw.
The University of New England also has more than just this rare lobster. According to Tilburg, they have a blue lobster named Blueberry, a calico lobster named Mango, a very large lobster named Larry, a split lobster named Banana Split, and their most famous yellow lobster, named Banana.
That's a lot of rare lobsters!
I always thought a blue lobster was the rarest lobster you could find until I was proven wrong with this little orange gal.
Tilburg said that they love having these beautiful and mysterious creatures at the university and letting others know about them.
"Housing these lobsters at UNE not only allows our students and faculty to study these fascinating creatures but also allows us to share them with the world," he said. "We are thrilled that members of the lobstering community along the Maine coast think about us when they catch these rarities."
I would love to see one of these rare lobsters in person. Have you gotten to see one up close?