, Salem, MA

November 1, 2012

Orange-and-black lobster found in time for Halloween

From staff and wire reports
The Salem News

---- — SALEM — First there was the blue lobster. Now, just in time for Halloween, it’s the orange and black.

Salem lobsterman Dana Duhaime caught a rare split-colored lobster last week in one of his traps in Bakers Channel off Beverly, according to the New England Aquarium.

The 1-pound lobster is split perfectly down the middle, with one side black, the other side orange. Scientists believe the rare look is caused by a complete cellular split when the lobster egg is first fertilized, according to the aquarium.

Split lobsters happen about once in every 50 to 100 million lobsters, with orange and black the most common combination.

The discovery of the orange-and-black lobster comes less than a month after another local lobsterman, Mike Malewicki of Beverly, caught a blue lobster about 12 miles off Beverly. The chances of a blue lobster are about 1 in 5 million.

Both colorful crustaceans are now in the possession of the New England Aquarium.