Monday, April 13, 2009

Blue Lobster


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Around one in two million lobsters are blue. A research study conducted by Professor Ronald Christensen at the University of Connecticut discovered that a genetic defect causes a blue lobster to produce an excessive amount of protein.[4] The protein, and a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin, combine to form a blue complex known as crustacyanin, giving the lobster its blue color.

Till next time, Blessings

11 comments:

LisaShaw said...

WOW! I've never seen a blue lobster!

Smilingsal said...

I've never heard of this. Is the taste the same? Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

Melissa Miller said...

How neat Kathleen!

We have a freshwater aquarium in our home office and we bought a tiny Blue lobster for it once. It was only a few inches long and we were told it would not bother other fish. Wrong! It started grabbing them with it's claws and eating away. I was so upset we returned it for a refund.

Happy Blue Monday!
~Melissa :)

Maya said...

Never seen a blue lobster either. So fascinating.

Valerie said...

That is soooo cool! Thank you for sharing the picture and teaching us something new!

Blessings to you from Kansas (where we have no blue lobsters!),
Valerie

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Kathleen,
Well, I've never seen a blue lobster before. Lots of lobster around our Island, but n'er a blue one. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

Blessings,
Sandi

Joyce said...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole ~ said...

I have never seen, or heard about a blue lobster. What an interesting tidbit of information. Thanks for sharing.

jeanne said...

Kathleen, that lobster is amazing. Can it really be that blue? A rare thing indeed. thanks for sharing he info too.

Hugs...Jeanne

katrina~ said...

WOW!!! seriously....WOW! I have never seen a blue lobster. It really is beautiful. What a super post! thank you!!
Blessings,
katrina

~*~Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake~*~ said...

Well this is a first for me...I never heard of a blue lobster! Thanks for the interesting info.
Leanne