September 7, 2013

Six-clawed lobster donated to Maine aquarium

The Associated Press

BOOTHBAY HARBOR — An unusual six-clawed lobster has been donated to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.

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The unusual six-clawed lobster was caught by a fishing crew off the coast of Hyannis, Mass.

Courtesy of the Maine State Aquarium

Named Lola, the unusual lobster was caught by a fishing crew off the coast of Hyannis, Mass.

Aquarium Manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques said on one side where a singular claw would be Lola has five lobster claws arranged in a starfish pattern and on the other side a normal claw. She tells WMTW-TV that the claw deformity is a genetic mutation that lobsters can have throughout their life or from regrowth from a damaged or lost claw.

Lola is expected to go on display in the next several days.

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