Mutant lobsters of Maine

Continuing our ongoing coverage of bizarre lobster specimens, here is a smorgasbord:

Mutant lobsters in Casco Bay | Fighting the Tides.

Chris Shorr, who works a lobster boat, shares his fun finds that we CAN’T BLAME on FUKUSHIMA radiation. It’s just genetic misfires.

They’re actually a lot more common than one might think, sometimes they come up with multiple claws, sometimes they’re different colors, and sometimes they’re so riddled with shell disease that they’re almost unrecognizable.

Lots of neat oddballs in this post. Have a look.

Double claw!

Double claw!

Lobsters, want to save yourself from the pot? Look freaky. | Doubtful News.

  7 comments for “Mutant lobsters of Maine

  1. RandyRandy
    March 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Of course we can’t blame these on Fukushima. They’re mutated freaks due to fluoridated GMOs. Or maybe from vaccines. Anything but the obvious reasons.

    • Peebs
      March 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      You fool. It’s the Chemtrails.
      Wake up sheeple!

      Actually, one of my favourite bits of trivia about lobsters is that they are more or less 50/50 left handed/clawed and no one seems to know why.

    • March 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      People are going to believe you. Those that don’t get sarcasm.

  2. Lee
    March 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Aw, just more claws to consume! Seafood resturants just LOVE purchasing mutant lobsters and crabs. More product for the buck.

  3. Count Otto Black
    March 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    One interesting point you’ve missed is that the poster of the original article is a professional lobster fisherman who sees thousands of lobsters every year, and has chosen to post pictures of these “mutants” because it’s a crowd-pleaser, and for no other reason whatsoever. He does not at any point imply that these aberrations are on the increase, that he’s the slightest bit worried about them, or mention Fukushima at all. The only vague connection with that disaster anyone could possibly make is that these are the freakiest lobsters he’s seen “in the past year”. Nowhere does he say that it’s been an unusually mutagenic year, or give any other indication of how abnormal this kind of thing is. Indeed, by linking Fukushima with these deformed lobsters, however facetiously, this article provides more conspiracy fodder than the source material ever did or intended to.

    As one comment on the original page observes, lobsters are aggressive beasts that frequently lose claws fighting amongst themselves, and when they regenerate those lost limbs, the new claw is quite often deformed in some way – these are just extreme examples. You can see it for yourself if you live in a place where lizards are common. If they’re the type that sheds their tail to distract predators, you’ll see a lot of older lizards with squint or stunted tails, and once in a while, one with two tails. It’s really no big deal.

    As for the lobster with the sides of its body neatly divided into different colors, that’s not a mutation, it’s the result of two embryos fusing together. A much more dramatic example was captured last year in a completely different location, though I can’t find the link right now. Anyway, it’s just something lobsters occasionally do. And the one that looks really sick has the lobster equivalent of mange – unsightly, but perfectly natural.

    Frankly, this site is shooting itself in the foot here by implying that the original article was somehow paranoid when it wasn’t, and giving these “mutant” lobsters more coverage while adding hints the OP didn’t make that maybe Japanese radioactivity or whatever was responsible. Also, if a man takes a photo of a 3-clawed lobster that actually exists, and says: “Hey, 3-clawed lobster, how about that?”, in what sense is this news “doubtful”?

    • March 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      “He does not at any point imply that these aberrations are on the increase, that he’s the slightest bit worried about them, or mention Fukushima at all.”

      “Frankly, this site is shooting itself in the foot here by implying that the original article was somehow paranoid when it wasn’t, and giving these “mutant” lobsters more coverage while adding hints the OP didn’t make that maybe Japanese radioactivity or whatever was responsible”

      If you bothered to actually read what ms. Hill wrote in the post, you’ll see that nowhere does she imply Fukushima/radioactivity is to blame nor that there’s an increase in these aberrations.

      “Chris Shorr, who works a lobster boat, shares his fun finds that we CAN’T BLAME on FUKUSHIMA radiation. It’s just genetic misfires.”

      We cover these types of stories here on DOUBTFUL News because A) we find these stories interesting and we like to cover stories about such oddities and abnormalities and B) we’re trying to provide a skeptical POV to these stories to the public (hence why we said “CAN’T BLAME on FUKUSHIMA. It’s just genetic misfires.”)

      Our website is devoted to report/comment on news stories about strange/weird news, anomalies, cryptozoology, pseudoscience among others. I’d say this story in fits in very well in our weird news/anomalies category.

    • March 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Maybe you should read more carefully and get to know a site before posting comments on it. I inadvertantly let this one through though it did not contribute constructively to the story.

Comments are closed.