Pembroke — Rich Figueiredo isn't sure what to call the lobster his crew caught 180 miles off the shore in Georges Bank – Lobzilla, Lobster Kruger, Lobsterine (for all you Wolverine fans out there) – but they all seem fitting.
One thing's for sure, the incredibly rare catch, a lobster with a five-pointed claw, isn't something you see every day.
"I've seen millions of lobsters," he said. "But I've never seen anything like it."
Figueiredo works on the shipping vessel "Rachel Leah," which sets out in the pursuit of lobsters from Hyannis on Cape Cod. He said he doesn't usually take much interest in the mutations he's seen, but this one was different.
"I've seen two functioning claws on the same arm, I've seen three points. I saw one that had white antennas and it's body looked like a wonder bread package, white, with pink spots," he said. "But nothing like this."
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