A fourgone conclusion


Marine biology enthusiasts will appreciate this: A four-clawed female lobster, probably caught in Canadian waters, was recently sold to a wholesale lobster outfit, Ready Seafood Co. in Portland, Maine, Yahoo News reports (http://tinyurl.com/fourclaw).

Lobsters normally have two claws, one for pinching and one for crushing; this one has a normal right claw, but three fully formed claws at the end of her left arm. She is pictured in an AP Photo by Robert F. Bukaty.

Ready Seafood has an in-house marine biologist, Curt Brown, who said that after more than a decade in the business, he’s never seen a lobster with four claws before, but assumes it’s a genetic mutation.

Tasty though she may look, you can put away the nutcracker, as she won’t be gracing anyone’s plate anytime soon. Brown says she will be given to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and that he’ll suggest they try to breed her in captivity.

Such an exceptional lobster should not remain nameless, so Brown’s wife did the honors and dubbed her Clawdette.

— Elleda Wilson