Many debate the virtues of tail versus claws, but lobster lovers unite that more is better. So lucky for Lola, the six-clawed lobster recently donated to the Maine State Aquarium, she'll be safe from crustacean consumers.
Weighing in at 4 pounds, Lola would make for a mighty meal, but after being recently captured off the coast of Hyannis, Mass., her freakish looks earned her a reprieve. Often rare lobsters with blue or orange coloring get saved for display, but David Libby, a marine scientist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources told the Bangor Daily News, Lola is something else altogether.
"Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw," he said. "But I've never seen anything like this."
The lobster industry makes up a sizable part of the Maine economy, generating $338 million in 2012. The state is also further investing in growing the industry, by increasing the state marketing budget from $750,000 annually to $2.2 million in the next two years.
Lola offers the Pine Tree State an opportunity to pair both its booming tourism business with lobster promotion. The Maine State Aquarium, located in picturesque coastal town Boothbay Harbor in mid-coast Maine, was built in 1993 and gets more than 35,000 visitors a year. Aimee Hayden-Roderiques, the aquarium manager, told The Associated Press Lola is expected to go on display in a few days.