Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Homarus americanus. In blue.

Quite the site at Sewall Bridge in York yesterday. Homarus americanus, also known as the American Lobster, Northern Lobster, Maine Lobster, usually has a dark purplish greenish brownish hue when plucked from the Atlantic's icy waters.  I met one of these crustaceans yesterday that is blue, a celebrated lobster of a catch from waters off the Southern Maine coast. According to Wikipedia, one out of every 2-5 million lobsters shows up dressed in blue, this one in a gorgeous, vibrant palette of cerulean. I hate the thought of the fashion trailblazer tossed into a pot of boiling water and steam, changing to the familiar shades of red and made part of a surf and turf special. I am happy to report the blue wonder is destined for academic stardom at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. Alive. There are enough other lobsters that can strut their culinary charisma in lobster rolls and bib and butter sessions.


  1. Hi! This a lovely lobster, would you mind if I use to illustrate Wikipedia?
    I would rather see this colorful (and alive) lobster than the bounded one that is currently depicted.


  2. Hi Monique,
    This IS a fabulous lobster! May I also ask for permission to paint it?