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Yellow Lobsters Show Up in Hawaii and Massachusetts

A very rare yellow lobster will go on exhibit at the Niagra Aquarium in Niagra Falls. It was first noticed at Palmers Food Market by workers who handle the sea creatures that go on sale. They kept it alive for several weeks in a tank, while looking for a home for it. Paris is the name they gave it, and Paris is estimated to be about thirty years old. A rare genetic mutation causes the lobster’s color to be yellow. Yellow lobsters occur about once for every thirty million normally colored ones. Genetic mutations can also cause lobsters to be blue. Paris is believed to have been caught off the coast in Nova Scotia, and shipped to the Massachusetts location.

Earlier this year, another yellow lobster showed up at a Hawaii restaurant in Honolulu, but it was thought also to have originated in Nova Scotia. This one was also saved and relocated to the Waikiki Aquarium. Leilani is the Hawaii lobster’s name.

Yellow Lobster Video

Blue Lobster Video

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7:14AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

lucky one

11:44AM PDT on Oct 1, 2010

Thank you!

11:37PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

a bit like a good singer in a concentration camp, kept alive for amusement value? respect to all the unfortunate ones!

12:28PM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

I've never seen a yellow lobster before. I remember seeing a blue one long ago at an aquarium. Actually I though it had been painted, glad to learn blue lobsters do excist, rare, but do excist.

2:26PM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

I'm glad that neither one went on to be eaten.

3:26AM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

Very interesting!!! Thank you Jake!!!

1:21AM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

Hopefully they will not join the ranks of the "extinct".

Stomachs, egos, superstitions and money usually kill anything which is unusual.

3:01PM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

Interesting.

7:45AM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

nice, thanks for the article.

12:53AM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

May I suggest that any photographer taking pictures or videos of lobsters take more shots from the side and top. 95% of the views of the blue lobster are head-on, showing only the color of the claws.

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