A six-clawed lobster, Lola, was caught off the coast of Massachusetts and was donated to the Maine State Aquarium by the lobsterman that caught her.

Capt. Peter Brown and Richard Figueiredo of the boat Rachel Leah reportedly caught the lobster and noticed that Lola has one normal claw, and five mini-claws, for lack of a better term, on the other side. Brown and Figueiredo, stars of Discovery Channel’s Lobster Wars, nicknamed the lobster Lola and donated her to the Maine State Aquarium where she arrived on Sept. 5.

“This claw deformity is a genetic mutation. Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw,” said Aimee Hayden-Roderiques, the Maine State Aquarium Manager.


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Hayden-Roderique also stated that Lola is not the only lobster with this deformity. In fact, two such lobsters are currently on display at the aquarium. However, Hayden Roderiques also admitted that she has never seen a lobster with five separate claws on one side.

Lola has been settled in her own tank and is ready for viewing.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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