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Yellow Lobster Welcomed to New England Aquarium By Blue & Halloween Lobster

LOBSTERBOSTON, Mass (WGGB) — An orange/yellow colored lobster recently caught off the tip of Cape Cod received a rather crabby welcome at the New England Aquarium from a couple of other resident lobsters also sporting unusual colors.

The welcoming committee included a blue lobster as well as the Aquarium’s famous Halloween lobster, which is orange on one side and black on the other.

Billy and Cheryl Souza of North Truro, MA found the 1 ½ pound orange/yellow lobster earlier in August in one of their traps, but they put it back in the water in a secure trap for a few days so that a clutch of eggs on her abdomen would disperse.

Billy, who’s a third generation lobsterman, has caught blue and very large lobsters before, but this was his first orange or yellow one.

Orange or yellow lobsters have been estimated to have an incidence of about 1 in 30 million in the wild. Blue lobsters are much more commonplace at about 1 in 2 million while split lobsters like the Halloween lobster are the most rare at 1 in 50 million.

Lobsters also can be found in calico, while white is the most rare of all.


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