Orange Lobster Debuts at New England Aquarium
September 2, 2014
An orange lobster recently caught off Cape Cod has debuted at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts.
The lobster joins other oddly-colored lobsters, such as a cobalt blue lobster and the aquarium’s famous Halloween lobster, which is orange on one side and black on the other.
Billy and Cheryl Souza of North Truro, Massachusetts, found the 1 ½ pound lobster earlier in August 2014 in one of their traps, but they put it back in the water in a secure trap for a few days so that a clutch of eggs on her abdomen would disperse. Billy, who is a third generation lobsterman, chuckled that he hopes that there are many more orange lobsters locally in about seven years when those eggs would normally mature into market size lobsters.
The Souzas have caught blue and very large lobsters before, but this was their first orange one. Orange lobsters have been estimated to have an incidence of about 1 in 30 million in the wild.