Mutant lobster diaries, volume 4

Every time I publish a post about mutant lobsters I get a bunch of people calling me out, saying that the deformities aren’t really that rare for “real” lobstermen to see.

One guy even called me an “irresponsible journalist”.

So I figured I’d better take the time to point something out that I thought the pictures of me making a fish face and my Captain with seaweed on his head included in the last post would have made apparent- the mutant lobster posts are meant for fun, they are not meant as investigative journalism stories.

Also, deformities typically are a result of a lobster’s shell growing around something like a rock or stick and are completely edible and safe to eat. Even the lobsters with the awful looking shell disease are safe to eat and they don’t taste any differently.

Maine lobster with an extra working claw

Maine lobster with an extra working claw

Maine lobster with severe shell disease

Maine lobster with severe shell disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One other thing, some of the lobsters pictured were either too big, too small, or breeders- you can tell which ones they are because they don’t have elastic bands on their claws, meaning they were tossed back after I got a chance to get their picture.

Partially blue lobster

Partially blue lobster

With that said, here’s the latest mutant to show up in a trap on the F/V Foxy Lady:

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Three clawed lobster in Casco Bay, Maine.

 

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a lifelong Portlander who works on a lobster boat, advocates for the marginalized and downtrodden, and occasionally ruffles feathers in City Hall and Augusta.