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ishmael
12-06-2002, 08:16 AM
This is truly odd.

http://www.herald.ns.ca/stories/2002/12/05/f221.raw.html

Mrleft8
12-06-2002, 08:44 AM
Looks suspisciously like a hoax to me.

Larry P.
12-06-2002, 08:49 AM
Not its not a hoax this is a narural although rare color variation.

Bruce Taylor
12-06-2002, 09:57 AM
So what colour does it turn when you boil it?

Larry P.
12-06-2002, 09:58 AM
All lobster turn ren when boiled.

J. Dillon
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.

JD

reddog
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.
have fun;Earl

Don Olney
12-06-2002, 12:23 PM
If its a new species of lobster biologists could name it
Homerus Michaelus Jacksonus.

Art Read
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?)

http://142.177.141.2/2002/12/05/bigthumbs/1025.jpg

[ 12-06-2002, 03:07 PM: Message edited by: Art Read ]

Larry P.
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. ]

Art Read
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!!

Art Read
12-06-2002, 02:49 PM
I wonder how it tasted?

Bruce Taylor
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.

Bruce Taylor
12-06-2002, 03:05 PM
Here's another one:

http://images.ibsys.com/2001/1107/1056424.jpg

gunnar I am
12-06-2002, 03:26 PM
Bruce? Are you tellin me I gotta drive up to Bangor and kiss somebodies butt?

Art Read
12-06-2002, 03:42 PM
Weird.

ishmael
12-06-2002, 04:54 PM
I'll let ya off the hook this time Gunnar. :D

Ross Faneuf
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.

reddog
12-06-2002, 09:28 PM
Bruce;
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.
Earl

Mrleft8
12-06-2002, 09:43 PM
"Albino" lobstah that looks like that I tell ya! :D