An exceedingly rare, psychedelically-hued, rainbow-tinted lobster caught in St. Marys Bay, Nova Scotia could be the poster child for the acid-ification of the oceans.
Far out, man... like, far out in St. Marys Bay is where Captain Chad Graham hauled in the "The Technicolor Dream Lobster”. The Brier Island-based lobsterman snapped a couple of shots of the colorful crustacean whose psychedelically-hued shell blazed with iridescent violet streaked with white, yellow and blue.
Odd-colored lobsters come in blue, orange, calico, and even split down the middle varieties. These oddballs are million-to-one shots – in some cases multi-million-to-one occurrences. The cause lies in genetic mutations that affect the prevalence of certain types of pigments which tint the shells.
So, what will a rainbow-tinted lobster look like when it's hauled out of the cooking pot? We may never know: Captain Graham had to throw back his unique catch as it was smaller than the 82.5mm (3.25 inch) minimum length allowed by Canada's Department of Fisheries. (via Treehugger and CBC)