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article imageMassachusetts' fisherman catches mutant lobster

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 21, 2010 in Food
Gloucester - Captain Joe and Son's received another mutant lobster this week when a large lobster with triple pinchers was delivered to their dock in Gloucester by a local fisherman. How can you be sure the lobster you're eating is safe to eat and chemical free?
Captain Joe and Son's showed off the lobster who has a triple pincher on his one of his claws but not enough hinges for all three pincher's to work independently of each other.
This isn't the first mutant lobster that this fresh seafood selling business has seen since they opened their doors over fifty years ago. With the pollution in the ocean it may not be last one they will see at their dock either.
The family-owned business has been documenting these crippled and crusty crustaceans for years and when questioned about the frequency of these deformed lobsters, Captain Joe said "I've seen double pincher clawed lobsters, I've seen triple and quadruple clawed crabs, albino lobsters, half blue lobsters, all blue lobsters, yellow lobsters, speckled lobsters, you name it but never one with a claw like this.
The triple claw is a rare deformity only seen a few times in waters off the coast of Massachusetts. It joins the likes of the Siamese twin lobster in rare or never before seen anomalies in the lobster species.
Lobster aren't the only seafood experiencing bizarre abnormalities, the crabs have also produced many odd and bizarre specimen for fishermen to talk about and share with the scientific research community.
While fishery experts can't say exactly what is causing the mutations, pollution and chemicals are to blame according to at least one local fisherman.
Are lobster safe to eat we asked a fisherman who said "anatomically if the thorax, tail, flipper, crusher claw, pincher claw, legs and antennae are all in the proper place and lobster is alive and well then it's safe to eat."
"Live lobsters are perishable, and require a controlled salt water environment to remain alive. If the lobster is not alive, he emphasized, then don't eat it," said the fisherman. "They do not generally live much more than a day out of water, so you should cook your lobsters on the day you receive them or refrigerate them between moist towels until your water is boiling, the butter is melted and your ready to twist off the claws and eat them."
If your worried about the lobster feeling pain when boiled you can always buy a pair and set them free like many activists have chosen to do during past lobster seasons.
For more on lobsters and their secretive lives under the sea check out God Hates Lobster.
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