Cape contribution adds to NE Aquarium's rainbow of lobsters

Truro couple gives orange/yellow lobster to Boston aquarium
Although granted a pardon, these three lobsters would make for one psychedelic pre-clambake. New England Aquarium photo.

The New England Aquarium in Boston has added a new color to its lobster rainbow thanks to a North Truro couple.

According to a NEA spokesman Tony LaCasse, Billy and Cheryl Souza of North Truro recently gave the aquarium an orange/yellow lobster caught in one of their traps earlier this month.

But the aquarium didn't get the 1 1/2 pounder right away, LaCasse said. After pulling the female from one of his traps, Billy, a third generation lobsterman, but her back in the water in a secure trap so the clutch of eggs on her abdomen could disperse. It is Billy's hope, according to NEA, that many more orange lobsters will be found in the area in 7 years time when they would be ready for market.

This isn't the first colorful crustacean for the Souzas. They have also caught a blue lobster before--but this is their first orange, they told NEA.

The new orange/yellow lobster will be bunking with two other impressively colored kin--a blue lobster and a  split lobster (orange on one side, black on the other).

Earlier this month, the owners of Cape Tip Seafood announced the arrival of a calico lobster at their Orleans shop. But this wonder won't make it to a dinner plate either.

According to the experts, only one in two million lobsters are blue. It is six times rarer to find a yellow lobster, according to the Lobster Institute. The third in the aquarium's trifecta, the orange and black split is an even greater find, according to the institute.


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