Mutant lobster caught by fisherman

August 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Marine experts did a double take after this rare mutant lobster was found – with TWO cutting claws.

Lobsters usually have one cutting claw and one crushing claw – which are each used to catch food such as crabs.

They grab their prey with the sharp cutting claw while the powerful crusher claw is used to break open the shell.

But a lobster with two cutting claws was found by fisherman Ned Bailey off the coast of Mylor in Cornwall.

The unique crustacean has been nicknamed Edward Scissorhands and is being cared for at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

Curator Matt Slater says Edward is fast and ”extremely” aggressive – and has already fallen victim to the lobster’s lightning reactions.

He said: ”I was doing a rockpool talk in front of lots of visitors and Edward made a sudden grab for me and caught me round the wrist.

”It was rather painful but I managed to carry on talking and disengage his claw at the same time.

”The crushing claw is usually significantly larger than the cutting one and also tends to slow the lobster down as it is quite heavy.

”However, Edward is extremely quick and clearly isn’t hampered by his lack of a crusher.”

Lobsters’ prey include mussels, clams, sea urchins, starfish and marine worms and they can also catch shrimps and small fish.

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