Photo/New England Aquarium

Strange but true: a “Halloween-colored” lobster—half black and half orange—was landed by Salem, Massachusetts, fisherman Dana Duhaime.

Duhaime discovered the 1-pound female lobster in one of his traps in Bakers Channel off of Beverly, once part of Salem.

Bill Murphy, a New England Aquarium biologist, picked up the seasonally colored crustacean on Sunday, but Hurricane Sandy delayed the lobster’s media debut until today.

According the Aquarium website, “2012 has been an exceptional year for a plethora of strangely colored lobsters from yellows to blues and calicos. ‘Split’ lobsters are even more bizarre as they can feature 2 distinct colors on each side. Split lobsters are roughly estimated to occur once in every 50 to 100 million lobsters. In the last ten years, ‘splits’ have been caught in Maine and Rhode Island. This past summer, splits were discovered in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.”

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New England Aquarium


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