July 16, 2007

Lobster Blues

(Pic accompanies linked article at Seacoastonline.com)

This is kinda neat: Rare blue, spotted, albino lobsters land in York

I never knew there was such a thing, but apparently they exist:

According to an online article titled "Lobster Parts," on the Gulf of Maine Aquarium Web site, all lobsters have shells colored with three pigments: red, blue and yellow. A lobster may not have all three pigments at birth and it may grow to be red, blue, albino or spotted.

Jonathan Grabowski of the aquarium said, "To the best of my understanding, the rare color morphs are a consequence of recessive alleles of lobster color being passed on from both parents, similar to many genetic diseases in humans. About 1 in 1,000 individuals carry the recessive trait (i.e., at least one of their two traits are blue), so the odds of two mating individuals producing a blue lobster is 1 in 1000 x 1 in 1000, which equals 1 in 1,000,000."

Except for albinos, all the color variations of lobsters turn red when they are cooked.

It's probably just as well that even the blue ones turn red when you cook 'em. Our lobster dish is just about the same speckled blue as the guy pictured above. Toss him on there without his changing and we might never see him again!

Posted by Robert at July 16, 2007 03:09 PM | TrackBack

Hmpf. The lobstermen always used to tell us that blue lobsters were merely wandering lobsters. Blue lobsters are a real variety somewhere in Europe and considered very special. Since in Maine a legal size lobster is about 20 years of age it is plausible that a wild lobster could go really wild and take a long walk under the sea.

Posted by: Mrs. Peperium at July 16, 2007 02:42 PM

Hmmmm....my quick google research suggests the European blue is more a kind of crayfish. This baby looks like a full blown 'Murican variety with a different paint job.

Then again, my only real area of lobster expertice is in eating them, steamed, with loads of lemon butter.

Not a wide range of knowledge, I grant you, but a very useful one.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at July 16, 2007 03:12 PM