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Yellow lobster joins New England Aquarium's colorful collection

By Daniel Uria

Sept. 1 (UPI) -- New England Aquarium added an extremely rare yellow lobster to its collection of unusually colored crustaceans.

Patriot Seafoods of Salem donated the pale yellow American lobster to the aquarium after lobsterman Bill Porter snagged the rare specimen.

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"Yellow lobsters have been estimated to have an incidence of 1 in 30 million in the wild," New England Aquarium said. "This crustacean will not be on exhibit for at least a month as it undergoes quarantine, but other oddly colored lobsters can be found at the Aquarium hiding in the rocks among the exhibits of the Northern Waters gallery and being displayed during live animal presentations for younger visitors."

The aquarium is also home to blue, orange, calico lobsters as well as the Halloween lobster that is orange on one side of its body and black on the other.

Aquarium staff prepared a photoshoot featuring its uniquely colored lobsters alongside a common lobster to form a "colorful cornucopia" of lobsters.

"American lobsters are usually a mottled greenish brown," the aquarium said. "Once cooked, they become the familiar bright red that are served to diners around the world. Take a look and compare for yourself!"

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The aquarium added that the lobsters were placed in a circle facing outward to prevent them from antagonizing each other.

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