First Blue, Now Orange! What’s Up With New England Lobsters?

Earlier this week we posted a Public Service Announcement about the dangers of swimming in Massachusetts waters where blue lobsters lurk.

AP Photo/Julia Cumes - Nathan Nickerson, owner of Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar, holds up a rare "yellow lobster," right, and a normally pigmented lobster, left, at Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham, Mass., on Cape Cod Wednesday, June 10, 2009. The female lobster, named "Fiona" by owner Nathan Nickerson, was recently caught off the coast of Prince Edward Island in Canada and given to Nickerson by a friend.

Yesterday, the Bangor Daily News reported that orange lobsters are turning up in Maine shops. (Rare orange lobsters show up at Maine shops)

The odds of a lobsterman catching a bright-orange lobster are estimated at 2 million or more to one. But at least three lobster retailers in Maine have found themselves with the rarity this week.

Bill Denley of Free Range Fish and Lobster in Portland says a lobsterman brought him an orange lobster this week that he’s offering to the New England Aquarium to put on display. Coincidentally, the nearby Portland Lobster seafood shop also has an orange lobster on display. And in Lewiston, George Gendron of Gendron’s Seafood says he came across an orange lobster when going through a crate of the crustaceans this week. He’s offering it to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor.

Lobsters are typically a mottled greenish-brown, turning red when they are cooked.

Better to eat orange than be eaten by blue.

Report via Sea-Fever Twittersphere Correspondent Mia Chambers.

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