A six-clawed lobster was recently found, and the lobster that’s been warmly called Lola has been donated to Maine State Aquarium. While many lobstermen are used to an occasional genetic defect in a crustacean now and then, Lola’s six claws had one catcher call her nothing less than a “freak of nature,” UPI reports this Monday, Sept. 9.
The six-clawed lobster that was reeled in from Maine had the lobstermen Richard Figueiredo and Captain Peter Brown — that had their boat, dubbed the Rachel Leah, has been showcased on “Lobster Wars” via the Discovery Channel — make the big catch off the coast of Maine.
Lola is the nickname that’s been given to the six-clawed lobster; while it has one claw regularly on one side of its body, the other has no less than five claws. The animal has since been donated to the State Aquarium of Maine in Boothbay Harbor.
The unique museum is known to control a host of “strange lobsters,” though none have been like this “freak of nature,” said one lobsterman.
“Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw,” added David Libby, a marine scientist who was amazed at Lola’s unique look. “But I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Lola the six-clawed lobster will be available for public viewing late this Sept., so feel free to go in and see Lola for yourself!