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Another rare catch is set to go on public display this week at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor where it will live among other odd-looking lobsters, mostly those with strange coloring. Hopfully this wasn’t a mutation from the Fukushima Radiation Leak, we’d had to see other marine life pop up with various deformities.

But this one will stand out for something quite extraordinary: it has six claws and she’s called Lola.

Capt. Peter Brown and fisherman Richard Figueiredo were lobster fishing aboard The Rachel Leah, one of the five boats featured in “Lobster Wars” on Discovery Channel, when they caught the four-pound, 10-year-old crustacean in one of their traps off Hyannis, Massachusetts.

On the left side, they noticed five Edward Scissorhands-like claws where only one claw should be. A normal claw was on the other side.

Recognizing the lobster as something special, Brown named the lobster Lola and donated it to the Maine State Aquarium.

“This claw deformity is a genetic mutation,” aquarium manager Aimee Hayden-Roderiques told WMTW-TV in Maine. “Sometimes they have this throughout their life, sometimes this happens during a regeneration from a damaged or lost claw.”

The aquarium has two other lobsters with similar deformities on display, but neither is like Lola. Hayden-Roderiques said she has never seen one with six claws before.

It was also a first for David Libby, a marine scientist for the Department of Marine Resources who works at the aquarium and has 40 years of experience working with marine life.

“Sometimes the genes will just get a little mixed and it will grow a funny claw,” he told the Bangor Daily News. “But I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Lucky for Lola, the deformity saved her life.

Here’s the video


 

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Fishing has been great all around Southern California. Tuna and yellow tail fishing continues to be spectacular and the seas couldn’t be more calm. These are medium to big grade tunas. Another big news is the Mirage boat out of Channel Islands on a 2 day trip with 31 Halibuts for only 17 lucky anglers.

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Team WideOpenFish was out in the waters of Cabo San Lucas over the weekend. As far as fishing goes, it was a bit different for us because we were on vacation this time and not working the waters. We still managed to take some photos and videos of our trip. There are many charters and boats out there but if your looking for a full packaged trip, including lunches, fishing cleaning, and even the packaging of your fish, RedRum Sportfishing is where you need to go. They have an experienced crew that will put you on the fish. So if you haven’t fished out of Cabo San Lucas, here’s what to expect on your trip.

The morning of your charter we met at the RedRum office located on the marina around 6:30 a.m. We were greeted and checked in. We also got our Mexican fishing license and had any last minute questions answered.

While we were checking in, the crew stocked our boat with your lunches, water and ice. After check-in, we had a few free minutes to grab a coffee and any additional snacks or drinks that we wanted on the water. Once the boat was ready, we were introduced to the crew and led to our beautiful sportfisher.

The final stop before we head to the fishing grounds is to get bait. We got bait from the local fisherman. Included in our charter is 10 live bait. At times the quality or quantity of bait is unpredictable. If you would like more bait, you could purchase more at $3 per piece.

As we had a larger crew of 10, we had two 35′ boats, the Marlin Queen and Big Papi to cover more fishing grounds. The fishing was nothing short of luxury. The boat was loaded with a full stereo sound system as well as air conditioning.

The experienced captain and deckhand rigged everything up and had us trolling with 5 rods immediately. We got hit with 2 marlins but only landed 1. We also got a Yellowfin Tuna, 6 Dorados, and 2 Fat Bonitos.

Overall it was a great experience and really something a bit different from our usual fishing trip. All you had to do is show up and sit on the captains chair for your hookup and everything was history.

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Tuna Sinks Boat while Dragging Fisherman Into Water

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                        Fishing is always filled with surprises and this year is no exception. The weather out in sea has been unpredictable. Summer started just a few weeks ago but the fishing experience reminds us of fall fishing. The waters also been choppy and with [...]

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Independence Weekend Blue Fin Bite

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The big news for us this 4th of July Weekend is that the Bluefin Tuna are starting to show up offshore in the 1-1.5 day range departing from San Diego. Fishing for Yellowtail and Dorado’s are still steady as they are being pulled from the kelp paddies. For those on the extended day trips the [...]

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Record Rockfish? 200-year-old Rockfish Could Be Oldest Fish Ever Caught

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Henry Liebman’s surprising catch weighted 39.08 pounds and is estimated to be a 200-year-old fish. Liebman was fishing in 900 feet of water when he captured the old rockfish about 10 miles off the coast of Sitka. Rockfish can live in water depths as far down as 4,000 feet, the report said. “I knew it [...]

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Breathtaking Aerial Footage of Channel Island from Our Newest Member: The Quadcopter

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                One of our photographers really pushed our video capturing to a whole new level as we filmed this trip. The Quadcopter, equipped with the new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition 1080p HD camera captured amazingly breathtaking aerial footage of our fishing excursion as well as the docks of [...]

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2013 38th Annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Winner

Every year for the past 38 years there’s been a popular event held at Marina Del Mar. The extremely happy fisherman of Venice Ca has won it over this year. The weight of the beast Halibut scaled boldly at 33.5lbs for Tim Sheridan. The 38th Annual Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby was  held June 8 [...]

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Limits of Yellowtail Fishing on Overnight Range Boats

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Yellowtail fishing in our Southern California waters has gone wild. The Overnight, 1.5 day and 2 day trips have reported to have caught well over 1000 Yellowtail. Captain’s report that some kelp patty stops produced over 100 yellowtailsalone. There’s also been reports of some big blue fin tuna wandering our waters. Things are really starting [...]

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