This is one shell of a weird lobster

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Harley Quinn, a star attraction at the Scarborough Sea Life Center in Britain, added to its legacy recently when it shed its shell and emerged with newer, more vibrant colors, leaving the crustacean with its most brilliant coloring to date, according to MailOnline.

The two-toned lobster, said to be a 1-in-50,000,000 rarity, was caught by a fisherman in 2010 and donated to Sea Life, which cares for the crustacean and has it on public display.

The fact that its claws are the same colors as the opposite side of its body adds to its rarity.

Nice name. Harley Quinn comes the word harlequin, comedic servants of the old Italian theater back in the day who wore colorful costumes with a checker pattern. The name might be taken from Harley Quinn, one of Batman’s enemies and girlfriend of The Joker.

The lobster, Harley Quinn in the middle, with two of its previous shedded shells.  Photo credit: Cater

The lobster, Harley Quinn in the middle, with two of its previous shedded shells.
Photo credit: Caters News Agency

Here is another example of a lobster with the same odd coloration.

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  2 comments for “This is one shell of a weird lobster

  1. don salter
    April 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    What is the scientific explanations for the different sided colors and the colors?

    • Artor
      April 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      I’m guessing some form of chimerism? Basically a siamese lobster that doesn’t have duplicated parts, but is essentially a blend of two sibling lobster’s melded genomes. It sounds weird, but it apparently happens in humans more often that we know.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(genetics)

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