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

Image Credit: Public Domain


Manojkumar Bhoyar
Manojkumar B5 years ago

lucky one

Karin Sch
Karin S7 years ago

Thank you!

Paul B.
Paul Bagnall7 years ago

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

Maria S.
Maria S7 years ago

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.

Keegan Allen
Keegan Allen7 years ago

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

SANDRA R7 years ago

Very interesting!!! Thank you Jake!!!

Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

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

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

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago


Loo Samantha
Loo sam7 years ago

nice, thanks for the article.

Vernon W.
Vernon W7 years ago

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.