Rare Four-Clawed Lobster Discovered in Maine
The crustacean will be handed over to the state Department of Marine Resources, NBC Connecticut reports
What’s for dinner? Don’t even look at Clawdette!
The four-clawed lobster currently residing with Ready Seafood Co. of Portland, Maine, will not be on a menu thanks to her extra claws, NBC Connecticut reports.
Claw’s like Clawdette’s — as she’s being called — are apparently quite rare. Curt Brown, an in-house marine biologist for Ready Seafood, told the NBC station he’s never seen a four-clawed lobster in his 10 years in the business. As you can see in the photo, Clawdette has three claws on arm and one claw on the other.
The lobster arrived at the seafood wholesaler on Sunday, after most likely being caught off the coast of Canada, and will live out the rest of her days with Maine’s Department of Marine Resources.
“At Ready Seafood we buy and sell over 15 million pounds of lobster annually and we have never seen anything like Clawdette,” Brown tells PEOPLE in an email. “A lobster with four functional claws is truly a rare find. We are in contact with the Department of Marine Resources and hoping to bring her there later today or early next week.”