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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 05:09 AM

Rare 'calico lobster' found at Maryland seafood counter

Unloading a shipment from Maine, the owner of Ocean City Seafood distributor in Silver Spring made a one-in-30-million discovery.

Among the dark bluish and greenish brown crustaceans, the owner found a rare “calico” lobster with a mottled orange and black shell in a delivery last month.

“We knew she was special we didn’t even know why,” said Rita Montoya, a spokeswoman for Ocean City Seafood.

Montoya said Ocean City Seafood’s owner quickly made the decision to set the calico lobster aside, sparing her from the steam pot, and called the National Aquarium in Baltimore for advice. Montoya said the lobster, named “Eve” remains in a special tank at Ocean City Seafood until she’s expected to be relocated to an aquarium.

Read more: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-calico-lobster-20190112-story.html

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Reply Rare 'calico lobster' found at Maryland seafood counter (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jan 2019 OP
democratisphere Jan 2019 #1
tavernier Jan 2019 #2
2naSalit Jan 2019 #3
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2019 #5
tavernier Jan 2019 #7
BumRushDaShow Jan 2019 #6
Rizen Jan 2019 #4

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 05:34 AM

1. Beautiful lobster! Glad it was saved!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 06:55 AM

2. Several aquariums would like to display Eve.

I find it interesting that no one has suggested putting her back in the ocean where they found her.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 06:59 AM

3. Right?

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Response to tavernier (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 07:29 AM

5. Sure, but her educational value certainly exceed a quick meal with butter though. Kids,

I truly believe, get a lot out of visits to aquariums.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 08:48 AM

7. I agree.

I was just puzzled as to why no one had mentioned that option.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 08:40 AM

6. Chances are that she would be caught again

and the next time, not so lucky.

There are also issues of climate change in the ocean around where they have been harvested, although the linked article notes the conservation efforts being made by the fisheries.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 07:18 AM

4. I caught a blue crayfish once.

Really.

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