Distinctly Rare and Unique Lobsters

Our world is full of amazing and beautiful creatures. These lobsters are just some of them.

Beside the American lobsters that we often see and eat, how many of these creatures have you seen? There are very rare lobsters that come in white, blue, yellow, two-tone colors, and even unisex lobsters.

General Facts about Lobsters

  • Female lobsters can have from 5,000 to 50,000 eggs depending on her size. A large female can lay up to 100,000 eggs.
  • Lobsters shed their shells every year.
  • Lobsters are invertebrates. They have no backbone, but exoskeleton, which is the hard outer shell.
  • Lobsters have four hard pairs of jointed walking legs, segmented body, a fan tail, sensory antennae, and compound eyes on stalks.
  • Most lobsters are active at night.
  • Lobsters are carnivores since they eat crabs, snails, mussels, small fishes, and other lobsters.
  • Lobsters grow throughout their life.
  • The biggest lobster was caught weighting at 44 pounds.
  • Lobster can live to be a 100 years old.

Kiwa Hirsuta: The Yeti Lobster

Scientists discovered this creature at 7, 450 feet deep in the South Pacific, which was named Kiwa hirsuta. This lobster was so rare that they’ve had to create a new species family and genus for it. The white lobster or albino lobster’s ratio is 1 in 100 million lobsters.

The fuzzy white lobster is blind, since it has only “the vestige of a membrane” in place of its eyes, and is about 6 inches long with pincers covered with hair-like strands.

Rare Blue Lobster

This lobster was caught two years ago, and has molted to its brightest blue at The Audubon Society in Bristol, Rhode Island. It is said that blue lobsters are a very rare occurrence, about 1 in 5 million ratio.

American Blue Lobster

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This is another very rare blue lobster. A genetic defect was discovered by Professor Ronald Christensen at the University of Connecticut. The blue lobsters produce too much protein, and a red caratenoid molecule, also known as astaxanthin. These combine to form the blue complex, known as crustacyanin, to give the lobsters their blue color.

Two Tones Lobster

As you can see in this picture, the colors are perfectly half-and half. This two-tone colored lobster is very rare occurring only once in every 50 million, and a fisherman name Alan Robinson caught it on July 13th, 2006 in Maine.

Rare Yellow Lobster

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It is believed that the yellow lobster is 30 times more rare than the blue lobsters. David Percy caught a yellow lobster on August 1st, 2006 in Maine. The chance of catching a yellow lobster is 1 in 30 million.

Unisex Lobster

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As you can see, lobsters come in many colors, such as this one. Not only are the colors different, but this lobster is a unique creature since it carries both male and female sex organs.

Blue Spiny Lobster

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The blue spiny lobsters have no claws, and migrate in a single line across the ocean floor. They are scavengers that will feed on meaty food, and a true carnivore for clam meat.

Slipper Lobster

Slipper lobsters are closely related to the spiny lobsters and are in the family of achelate (clawless) decapods crustaceans. They live in warm water of the oceans and seas. You can easily recognize the slipper lobsters by their wide head plates, and their large antennae.

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  1. valli Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Very amazing creatures.


  2. louie jerome Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Great pictures. That Yeti Lobster is amazing.


  3. lanne Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Wow! these are amazing! But I must admit that my favorite kind of lobster….is the one on my plate :)


  4. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Hi IC, this one is really interesting,unique and rare indeed


  5. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Icy, this is amazing. You must have put a lot of work into this truly comprehensivce article. The illstrations, videos and information is outstanding. I learned a lot today. Thank you for sharing and take care.


  6. diane mccloskey Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 11:18 am

    super informative! what i didn’t know about lobsters!


  7. alexa gates Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    how interesting! The Yeti lobster scares me though :)


  8. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On July 5, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Isn’t our world miracleous and all the creatures in it?


  9. quiet voice Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 12:14 am

    ….Hi, IC, What beautiful pictures,
    I don’t think I even knew there were
    blue lobsters, very interesting
    information. Take care.


  10. tracy sardelli Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Amazing article, great photo’s. Thank you for sharing.


  11. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Your article is amazing!


  12. desmonrock21 Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Hi Icy. I Havent seen that kind of lubsters yet.. all i can say is wow!


  13. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I enjoyed this one, I also loved the pictures. Great and informative article.


  14. Janet Marlinari Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 11:58 am

    They are all such beautiful creatures….amazing what a little algae or astaxanthin will do!!


  15. Joey Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    You may be interested in the pictures of mutated lobster and crab I’ve taken at my dock.

    Blue, albino, double clawed, and many more.

    You can check my pictures out here-

    http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/02/23/check-out-my-slide-show-3/

    I also have pictures and a video of a lobster molting in our tanks-

    http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/06/21/another-view-of-lobster-molting/

    Lobster molting video-

    http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/lobster-molting-video-at-captain-joes/


  16. IcyCucky Says...

    On July 6, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind comment!

    Joey, thank you for the links..I enjoyed them!


  17. francesca Says...

    On July 7, 2008 at 7:56 am

    very beautiful pics the 2 toned lobster witch I had already seen in a photo ( actually it was caught 1 year ago not two)it\’s my favourite, but also the others are magnificent!!!!! great article


  18. Nicki B. Says...

    On July 7, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Wow – I don’t know where to begin. Icy, you’ve really outdone yourself and this piece looks great where I can offer nothing but praise for a job well done.

    -Nicki B.


  19. FrankLobdell76 Says...

    On July 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Excellent post and great pics! I’m suddenly reminded of a lobster cartoon I found on the web a couple days ago: http://www.digitalfuntown.com/showchannel.php?page=7&title=Boston&swf=boston


  20. Juliane Elliott Says...

    On July 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Awesome piece!


  21. Jie T. Elins Says...

    On July 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Wow! These are so cool.


  22. Lucy Lockett Says...

    On July 8, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Don’t think I could eat them anymore! Great article.


  23. Francie Says...

    On July 10, 2008 at 4:26 am

    What a Great job you did on this one Icy! And to think, blue lobsters?? I love lobster salad, yum!


  24. Moses Ingram Says...

    On July 10, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Very interesting article, and What great pictures! I have seen one blue lobster, but none of the others.


  25. neelam pandey Says...

    On July 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    really an awesome article with marvellous pictures.


  26. Classic Says...

    On July 13, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Those two-toned lobsters are pretty interesting. Didn’t know that such pigmentation existed (in perfect measurements)


  27. Classic Says...

    On July 13, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Those slipper monsters–I mean, lobsters–are so cute!!!!


  28. Dana Says...

    On July 14, 2008 at 12:57 am

    You made me look at lobsters in a new way.


  29. Joel Says...

    On July 14, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Another 2-toned lobster was captured recently. I missed the details of it, but the news here in Toronto mentioned it a few times. I didn’t get to see the actual subject, just a quick image.

    They did say that the lobster was going to be kept alive and on display is some large aquarium.


  30. Stephanie Says...

    On July 14, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Wow! Incredible pictures! Very interesting!


  31. Urgen Says...

    On July 15, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Wow!! Hi, IcyCucky. What beautiful pictures, I don’t think I even knew there were blue lobsters, very interesting information. Take care.
    Good luck!
    http://themedsnow.net


  32. Unofre Pili Says...

    On July 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Liked it very much.


  33. Tess Alexander Says...

    On July 16, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Whoa!


  34. Right Handed Writer Says...

    On July 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Great article. Very interesting and I loved looking at the pictures too.


  35. Kalista Leow Says...

    On August 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing. I like the rare blue lobster. The colour is so fascninating. By the way, lobster has a prestigious status in Chinese culture. It’s pronunciation is long xia.


  36. Ming Says...

    On April 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Hi!

    The fish you’re trying to identify is called the Flowerhorn Cichlid, genus amphilophus from the cichlid family. They are prized in Asia for their ornamental beauty and are thought to bring good luck.

    Also, you have accidentally posted a picture of a yabby, genus thalassinidea, as the first picture in this article! Whilst related to lobsters, they never grow to more than several centimetres. Also, your video of the blue lobster actually contains a recording of a blue freshwater crayfish, from the parastacoidea family! It is not hardly as rare as a true blue lobster, but very pretty nonetheless! Yours is a very informative site :)


  37. BC Doan Says...

    On April 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Thanks everyone for your comments..

    Ming,

    Love to learn the information you’ve provided..Thank you!


  38. mark kummer Says...

    On June 30, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Mark says
    isn’t it wonderful how such amazing creatures evolved!
    Sorry but doesn’t intellegent design demand a designer?


  39. Jimsby Says...

    On August 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I’m allergic to all of them.


  40. Joseph Jones Says...

    On November 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I dont really like lobsters but now i kind of do.


  41. tom grecian Says...

    On December 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Hi all
    On the 5th Dec 2009 I caught a Slipper Lobster in my fish trap here off the Coast of Mayumba West Africa..The full length of the Lobster was about the same length as a peice of A4 paper..The trap was fishing down off the side of the oil rig I work on called The Ben Avon..
    If anyone would like a picture of it you can mail me at
    t.grecian@hotmail.co.uk
    Thanks…


  42. Jaleesa Says...

    On August 31, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Great article although the white furry lobster is kinda creepy but that electric blue lobster is GORGEOUS! That’s funny that I liked it so much seeing as how my fav color is pink, LOL :)


  43. albino lobster Says...

    On February 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    One in a hundred million. That’s what they say about the albino lobster.


  44. Lar Says...

    On November 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    great article!


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