Her name was Lola. She was a lobster. With a yellow band on one claw and… well, will you look at that.
Lola’s a six-clawed mutant.
Th four-pound lobster, according to the Bangor Daily News, was caught on a Massachusetts fishing vessel by Capt. Peter Brown and lobsterman Richard Figueiredo off the coast of Hyannis.
Lola was donated to the Maine State Aquarium last week, as it features other lobsters that don’t fit the norm as well.
Aquarium Manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques explained to WMTW-TV that one claw is perfectly normal, but the other has five claws in a starfish pattern.
“This claw deformity is a genetic mutation,” Hayden-Roderiques told the local news station. “Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw.”
David Libby, a marine scientist with Maine’s Department of Marine Resources, told the Daily News even with his 40 years of experience, he hadn’t seen anything like Lola yet.
“We think the colored ones are about one in a million, but there’s no way to know,” Hayden-Roderiques said of some of the aquarium’s other unusual crustaceans.
The marine experts are unsure though whether the 10-year-old lobster’s deformed claw will stick around after her next molt.