Rare six-clawed lobster donated to Maine State Aquarium

Sept. 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Fishermen who caught a rare six-clawed lobster off the coast of Hyannis, Mass., donated the unusual animal to the Maine State Aquarium, officials said.

The crew of fishing vessel Rachel Leah, Capt. Peter Brown and lobsterman Richard Figueiredo, caught the 4-pound lobster, named Lola, while fishing off the coast of Hyannis, WMTW-TV, Portland, Maine, reported Saturday.

Brown and Figuerido donated the lobster to the aquarium Thursday, WMTW said.

The lobster has five claws clustered on one side and a normal claw on the other side, said Maine State Aquarium Manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques.

"This claw deformity is a genetic mutation," Hayden-Roderiques said. "Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw."

Lola joins two other lobsters at the aquarium that have similar deformities, WMTW reported.

Hayden-Roderiques said Lola is adapting well to her new tank and she would likely be on display in a few days.

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