Massachusetts yellow lobster is a 1 in a
30 million rarity
08:57:12 AM PDT
Updated: 06/11/2009 08:57:16 AM PDT
Mass. — This lobster will catch your eye, but not because you're imagining its
tail dipped in butter. It is bright orange and yellow, even though it's never
been near a boiling pot.
Specialists tell The Boston Globe it's called a "yellow lobster" and it's one in 30 million. The lobster now named Fiona was recently caught off Canada. It was given by a friend to Nathan Nickerson, the owner of Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham, on Cape Cod.
New England Aquarium director of research Michael Tlusty says a rare genetic mutation produces yellow lobsters. Life isn't easy for such animals. Their bright
colors make it easy for predators to spot them. Nickerson said the human
predators at his restaurant will never get Fiona. He said it would be like steaming a Rembrandt.
Sorry if I just found this so incredibly amusing.