Two-tone lobster is a shade unusual

Gazette & Herald: NEW LOOK: Aquarist Amy McFarlane is pictured with Harley is (centre) between his two old coats, which have been carefully preserved and will now be going on display close to the incredible crustacean himself. NEW LOOK: Aquarist Amy McFarlane is pictured with Harley is (centre) between his two old coats, which have been carefully preserved and will now be going on display close to the incredible crustacean himself.

TWO-TONE lobster Harley was named after the medieval jesters famed for their bi-coloured costumes.

The similarity is enhanced by the fact that Harley's unusual pigmentation swaps sides when it reaches his claws.

He was found by a startled creel fisherman off Bridlington in June 2010, and judged too unique to be served up as a seafood supper!

He was given pride-of-place in a display at Scarborough Sea Life Centre, where staff have been serving him dinner every day since instead.

Unusual blue, red, albino and even yellow lobsters have made headlines in the past, but Harley is thought the most unusual yet, a 50-million-to-one mutant.

Growing steadily, Harley has just shed his unique armour for the second time since his arrival, and his keepers were delighted to see that his new suit is his most spectacular yet!

"Whereas he was previously a reddish-black on one side and light sandy colour on the other, he has now adopted a deep electric blue down one side," said aquarist Amy McFarlane.

"He's such a striking individual he did extremely well to avoid predators like conger eels and seals when he was in the open sea," she added.

Now safe from attack, he could live another sixty or seventy years.

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11:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

Platform9 says...

Could name him Joseph with his coat of many colours!
Could name him Joseph with his coat of many colours! Platform9
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3:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

The could have named him "James" Alexander.
He has a multi coloured coat, and will wear in in May 2015, I am sure.
The could have named him "James" Alexander. He has a multi coloured coat, and will wear in in May 2015, I am sure. T'Marcus
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7:04pm Fri 11 Apr 14

deckhanddave says...

Is it me but don't the papers proof read any more?
NEW LOOK: Aquarist Amy McFarlane is pictured with Harley is (centre) between his two old coats,
Also;
Mr Bayley, who used to work as a health economist at the University of York, said brought the bill into Parliament under the '10 minute rule' on Tuesday,
Is it me but don't the papers proof read any more? NEW LOOK: Aquarist Amy McFarlane is pictured with Harley is (centre) between his two old coats, Also; Mr Bayley, who used to work as a health economist at the University of York, said brought the bill into Parliament under the '10 minute rule' on Tuesday, deckhanddave
  • Score: 0

8:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

bolero says...

Where are you Paul? You must have some interesting statistics to hand in regard to lobsters.What about their life cycle?
Where are you Paul? You must have some interesting statistics to hand in regard to lobsters.What about their life cycle? bolero
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