A six-clawed lobster, a true anomaly of nature, was caught by lobster anglers off the coast of Hyannis, Massachusetts. The mutated crustacean was an instant star; it’s now on its way to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor, where it will live out its days in a lobster freak show of sorts, reports GrindTV.com on Sept. 9.
The lobster, which has already been given the name "Lola," was captured by the fishing vessel "The Rachel Leah," one of the boats profiled in Discovery Channel’s "Lobster Wars" reality show.
Manned by Capt. Peter Brown and fisherman Richard Figueiredo, the crew pulled the four-pound, 10-year-old crustacean in from one of their traps, and immediately noticed something different. Instead of a single giant claw, the lobster had a hand-like set of small claws on its left side.
“This claw deformity is a genetic mutation,” Maine State Aquarium manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques said. “Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw.”
David Libby, a marine scientist who works at the aquarium, said that in his 40-year experience, he’s never seen anything quite like it.
“Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw,” Libby said. “But I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Lola the Lobster now joins other strange and rare crustaceans at the aquarium, where it reportedly will be assigned to hedge trimming and paper doll making duties.