Seafood wholesaler buys four-clawed lobster

PORTLAND — A Portland seafood wholesaler has acquired a lobster that will never see the dinner table despite having double the usual amount of claw meat.

Ready Seafood Co. bought the lobster with four fully formed claws from a Canadian dealer. Three claws are on one arm and one is on the other. Lobsters normally have two claws.

Ready Seafood’s in-house marine biologist Curt Brown says he’s never seen a four-clawed lobster in more than a decade in the business. He says a genetic mutation caused the extra claws.

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