When I’m out on the lobster boat I always try to find a little spare time to take a few pictures of the scenery. I really enjoy sharing them on Facebook with friends, plus it helps pass the time on long steams. People love a nice shot of an orange sunrise over the islands in Casco Bay, of waves crashing on the rocks in front of Portland Head Light, or of seagulls fighting over rotten bait.
But the time tested crowd favorite is a picture of a mutant lobster.
They’re actually a lot more common than one might think, sometimes they come up with multiple claws, sometimes they’re different colors, and sometimes they’re so riddled with shell disease that they’re almost unrecognizable.
Here’s some of the more unusual mutants that have come up in my Captain’s traps over the past year. Hope you like ‘em folks!