|A juvenile American Lobster in natural cobble habitat
in Rhode Island waters. The beautiful blue coloring
in lobsters is thought to occur when the crustacean
eats primarily one type of food in the lab. However,
blue lobsters are occasionally found in the wild as
a genetic anomaly.
||Dutch Island, Newport County, RI
An all blue specimen of Homarus americanus. Some scientists
attribute variations in shell colors to diet.
A genetic defect has been found that causes a blue lobster
to produce an excessive amount of protein. The protein
wraps around a small, red carotenoid molecule known as
as astaxanthin. The two push together, forming a blue
complex known as crustacyanin which often gives the lobster
shell a bright blue color. About one in a million lobsters
are blue, but when cooked, it turns red like the other
It has been suggested that more than 'one
in a million' lobsters born are blue, but many do not
survive because their bright blue shell brings too much
attention making them a prime target for predators. Scientists
also believe that blue lobsters tend to be more aggressive
than their normal colored counterparts. Since they dont
blend in, they have adapted and changed to be more aggressive
to protect themselves.
Lobsters are Real
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