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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jul 25 10:59 AM

7/25/2006: Two-toned lobster

Both xoB and axlrosen sent along this item which was also Boing Boing'd. You can surely get your bibs and miniature forks out for this two-toned lobster. From the full story:

[Maine lobsterman]Robinson donated his unusual catch to Maine's Mount Desert Oceanarium, where experts were able to shed some light on the find. Two-toned lobsters, they explain, are rare but not unheard of.

The shells of American, or Maine, lobsters usually sport a combination of yellow, red, and blue pigments. But the animals grow symmetrically, with each half of the body developing independently of the other.

In the case of Robinson's catch, half of the lobster's shell was lacking the blue pigment, giving it the appearance of having been cooked.

All this makes Robinson's fifty-fifty find one for the record books, the Oceanarium's staffers say. The aquarium has received only three two-toned lobsters in 35 years, they note, and the odds of finding one that's exactly half and half is about 1 in 50 million.
One of the earliest IotDs was a blue lobster so apparently this pigment confusion in lobsters just happens every once in a while.

It reminds one of the original series Trek episode | And begs the key question: are lobsters racist? We need to know!

glatt  Tuesday Jul 25 11:13 AM

That is so amazing. It looks fake. It's such a perfectly strait line right down the middle.

I'd hit (i mean eat) it!

Trilby  Tuesday Jul 25 12:43 PM

How long before someone mentions drawn butter? Guess someone already did! I'd never, ever eat something like that. Look at it!

Pancake Man  Tuesday Jul 25 12:44 PM

That's not a happy lobster.

Hoof Hearted  Tuesday Jul 25 12:56 PM

I think that is an example of a chimera. I have read about it (chimerism) on the horse BBs, but that usually involves horses that are brindle in color.

wolf  Tuesday Jul 25 01:00 PM

mmmmmmmm butter.

You really shouldn't try to cook lobster in a microwave without a turntable.

Spexxvet  Tuesday Jul 25 01:32 PM

Yeah - that thing looks half-baked, to me.

capnhowdy  Tuesday Jul 25 05:06 PM

I wonder which side tastes best. You guys are always making me hungry.

Pancake Man  Tuesday Jul 25 07:19 PM

Would that be white meat or dark meat?

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 25 08:38 PM

That's a special lobster. You can't cook a special lobster all at once.

chrisinhouston  Tuesday Jul 25 08:40 PM

I think I saw this plot on Star Trek, the guy who was half white and half black. He caused all kinds of problems!

bluecuracao  Tuesday Jul 25 09:28 PM

One day, all of lobsterkind will be two-toned...

milkfish  Tuesday Jul 25 09:38 PM

The lobster's just getting ready for Halloween, that's all.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jul 25 11:57 PM

Or Phantom of the Lobsterpot.

wolf  Wednesday Jul 26 12:04 AM

Wasn't that an episode of Scooby Doo?

Trilby  Wednesday Jul 26 09:36 AM

How come nobody has used the smilie yet?

Ibby  Wednesday Jul 26 09:47 AM

I think would be more accurate...

glatt  Wednesday Jul 26 09:49 AM

Originally Posted by Ibram
I think would be more accurate...
But only if it was looking in the mirror.

Ibby  Wednesday Jul 26 09:50 AM

whoa, ghost-lobster... lets try that again...

LabRat  Wednesday Jul 26 12:04 PM

That lobster smiley could be the official WTF smiley.

Undertoad  Wednesday Jul 26 01:35 PM

lobwtf is added.

Ibby  Thursday Jul 27 12:25 AM

I'm honoured!

MsSparkie  Sunday Jul 30 05:42 PM

Could it be it was half cooked on it's side dipping it into boiling hot water that had stopped boiling....smooth surface...making that straight line?

Everyone here is always skeptical of everything, so just joining in the skepticism...LOL

Happy Monkey  Wednesday Jun 6 09:18 AM


SPUCK  Monday Jun 11 03:43 AM

I think they should've turned him loose.. Cool to see more of them.

chrisinhouston  Friday Jun 15 06:55 PM

Originally Posted by chrisinhouston View Post
I think I saw this plot on Star Trek, the guy who was half white and half black. He caused all kinds of problems!
Yea, this is a scene!

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