WTF – Extremely Rare Orange and Black Lobster
Caught last week off the shores of Massachusetts, ‘Pinchy’, a one-pound, female lobster made her debut at the New England aquarium on Halloween 2012.
The “split” coloring occurs once in every 50 to 100 million lobsters, and scientists believe this occurs during a cellular division when the lobster egg is first fertilized.
Orange and black is one of the most common color combinations. One side typically has the muddled dark brown or grey coloring caused by a mix of the red, yellow, and blue pigments found in American lobsters. Orange coloring in lobsters appears when the sea creature lacks the blue pigment, the aquarium said.
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