NANFA-L-- Rare Lobster

Drummond Howard (
Fri, 14 Jul 2006 21:51:44 +0000

BAR HARBOR, Maine - An eastern Maine lobsterman caught a lobster this week
that looks like it's half-cooked.

The lobster caught by Alan Robinson in Dyer's Bay that is a typical mottled
green on one side; the other side is a shade of orange that looks cooked.

Robinson, of Steuben, donated the lobster to the Mount Desert Oceanarium.
Staff members say the odds or finding a half-and-half lobster are 1 in 50
million to 100 million. By comparison, the odds of finding a blue lobster
are about 1 in a million.

Robinson, who has been fishing for more than 20 years, said he didn't know
what to think when he spotted the odd creature in his trap.

"I thought somebody was playing a joke on me," Robinson said. "Once I saw
what it was ... it was worth seeing."

Bette Spurling, who works-in-the oceanarium, said lobster shells are usually
a blend of the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Those colors mix
to form the greenish-brown color of most lobsters. This lobster, though, has
no blue in half of its shell, she said.

Bernard Arseneau, a former manager-in-the oceanarium's lobster hatchery,
said lobsters also have a growth pattern in which the two sides develop
independently of each other.

The oceanarium has received only three two-toned lobsters in its 35 years of
existence, staff members said.

Via Yahoo News

Drummond Howard
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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