Maine State Aquarium captures blue lobster molting on video

On Thursday the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor captured a rare blue lobster shedding her shell, and now they’re documenting her behavior and changing color on their Facebook page.

They’ve named the female lobster Lila, and she’s become a bit of a celebrity in the past two days, with the video of her molting now at over a hundred thousand views:

Blue lobster molting!

Posted by Maine State Aquarium on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Since posting the video, they’ve added updates on Lila’s progress and encouraged people to follow along on her progress:

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They even included a note saying that Lila hasn’t eaten her old exoskeleton… yet:

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Here are some other photos from 2014 of a lobster found shedding in a trap on Casco Bay (click to enlarge):

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.