​Six-Clawed Lobster Avoids Cooking Pot​​

September 11, 2021

A six-clawed, now named Lola, lobster captured off of the coast of Massachusetts has avoided the cooking pot for having a unique set of claws. The 4-pound lobster was donated to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.

Lola’s right side looked normal, but her left has five small extensions.

She was picked up by Captain Peter Brown and lobsterman Richard Figueiredo of the Rachel Leah, off of Hyannis, Mass.

The Maine State Aquarium is home to other rare and odd-looking lobsters, including two-tone lobsters. Lola is expected to join the others when she grows accustomed to her new surroundings, WBZ reports.

Often rare lobsters with blue or orange coloring get saved for display, but David Libby, a marine scientist told the Bangor Daily News, Lola is something else altogether.

“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.”

The lobster industry makes up a sizable part of the Maine economy, generating $338 million in 2012. The state is also further investing in growing the industry, by increasing the state marketing budget from $750,000 annually to $2.2 million in the next two years.

Lola offers the Pine Tree State an opportunity to pair both its booming tourism business with lobster promotion. The Maine State Aquarium, located in picturesque coastal town Boothbay Harbor in mid-coast Maine, was built in 1993 and gets more than 35,000 visitors a year. Aimee Hayden-Roderiques, the aquarium manager, told The Associated Press Lola is expected to go on display in a few days.