View Full Version : Bizarre lobster from Cape Sable
12-06-2002, 08:16 AM
This is truly odd.
12-06-2002, 08:44 AM
Looks suspisciously like a hoax to me.
12-06-2002, 08:49 AM
Not its not a hoax this is a narural although rare color variation.
12-06-2002, 09:57 AM
So what colour does it turn when you boil it?
12-06-2002, 09:58 AM
All lobster turn ren when boiled.
12-06-2002, 10:15 AM
Once ran across an albino Sequoia tree at a camp grounds near the Big Sur on the west coast. All the needles or growth were white. I guess lobsters can mutate the same.
12-06-2002, 10:52 AM
The papers drag one of these stories out every lobster season.Yes,they are real and no,they are not common,but do show up.Albino, blue,etc.The half-n-half seems unique.Wait till you see a 30 pounder.
12-06-2002, 12:23 PM
If its a new species of lobster biologists could name it
Homerus Michaelus Jacksonus.
12-06-2002, 01:53 PM
I ain't buying it. Nature abhores straight lines. What possible reason would a lobster's genes have for such a symetrical abnomily. The hermaphrodite bit might suggest a freak co-mingling of embryonic reproductive cells, but a circus side show "perfect" half albino, half normal? I'm skeptical. Reminds me of that "Star Trek" episode...
(But, hey... If a marine biologist like Larry suggests it's possible, I'm willing to suspend disbelief. Perhaps something about the nervous system's hemispheric characteristics?)
[ 12-06-2002, 03:07 PM: Message edited by: Art Read ]
12-06-2002, 02:06 PM
Buy it or not its true, there is no reason its a mutation, and a rare one. there are all kinds of recessive gene's in the lobster family, all blue, gold white etc, even some that are all red and look like they are boiled alrady. Just think of the human birth defects that occur due to recessivve genes and think of how well they would survive without intervention.
[ 12-06-2002, 03:07 PM: Message edited by: Larry P. ]
12-06-2002, 02:23 PM
OK, I'll take your word for it. But I can't think of any other naturally occuring "mutation" which exhibits such "artificial" looking results. I wish the the bootstripe on my boat looked that good! Doesn't it seem incredibly unlikely that such precise deliniation is simply the result of scrambled up DNA? Perhaps God DOES have a sense of humor! ;)
[ 12-06-2002, 03:30 PM: Message edited by: Art Read ]
gunnar I am
12-06-2002, 02:24 PM
Mary had a little lobster
Its shell was brown and white.
What explanation could there be?
Mary painted it last night!
If that thing is real, I'll kiss your a** in the middle of Hammond and Central!!
12-06-2002, 02:49 PM
I wonder how it tasted?
12-06-2002, 02:52 PM
Of course it's real. There's an invisible "seam" down your middle, too. You don't see it, but it's there.
I don't know anything about lobster embryology, but I would guess that they, like all bilaterally symmetrical creatures, develop in "halves." If my guess is right, this mutation must have occurred after the cells that would shape the left and right sides of the organism had differentiated.
12-06-2002, 03:05 PM
Here's another one:
gunnar I am
12-06-2002, 03:26 PM
Bruce? Are you tellin me I gotta drive up to Bangor and kiss somebodies butt?
12-06-2002, 03:42 PM
12-06-2002, 04:54 PM
I'll let ya off the hook this time Gunnar. :D
12-06-2002, 05:20 PM
This kind of thing is well know with butterflies, and used to be the prized by collectors. At least, hermaphroditism is; I don't know about albinism.
And where I come from, both butterflies and lobsters are called bugs; so it figures.
12-06-2002, 09:28 PM
That one looks half cooked.Half baked so to speak.I once had the same problem after falling alsleep on the beach half in the shade and half out.Ouch.
12-06-2002, 09:43 PM
"Albino" lobstah that looks like that I tell ya! :D
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