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Monday, July 23, 2012

What color is your lobster?

This story kinda weirds us out.

Comments (9)

Can't wait until the Chinook and Steelhead start glowing in the dark...

I am shocked that you didn't tie this to Fukushima, just as by your title did to the crab larva washing up in Hawaii.

(No...wait...it's George Bush's fault!)

The story is that there are record amounts of lobster, and that the odds people were talking out of their behinds as no studies of colored lobster have ever been done.

The title of my other post was "Mystery creatures washing up on Hawaii." No tie to Fukushima. You almost got it right, though -- kind of like the nuclear industry generally.

Nothing almost about it.

Mystery creatures washing up on Hawaii

Our guess: Visitors from Fukushima.

Looks like your title to me. But it is your blog. Perhaps titles to you only involve one line, not 2?

There's the title of the post, and then the body, or text, of the post. They're different.

If you're going to be a troll, you need to get a lot better at it. Polish up your skills elsewhere.

Haha! For a split second, I thought lobsters were red - pre & post boil. Durr... Need to go to sleep.

Celebrate diversity.

Jack, if you have the time, pick up a copy of Trevor Corson's The Secret Life of Lobsters to understand why this creeps me out more than it does you. The reality is that precious little is known about the life history of standard Atlantic lobsters, and there's a big, big gap between when baby lobsters are planktonic forms to when they finally grow large enough to settle on the bottom. These funky colors aren't a sign that predators are failing to pick them up on the bottom as adults. The real warning sign is that they aren't being picked off by smaller predators during their free-swimming stage. (Biologists specializing in lobsters call the "Superlobster" phase, because what you have is what appears to be a little lobster that's able to swim perfectly well, and apparently these guys have no fear of man, beast, or god at that stage. This is mostly because they're prey for just about everything in the upper reaches of the ocean at the time.) This isn't just suggesting that the cod fisheries have crashed. It's suggesting that the smaller predators that normally would have fed the cod are crashing, too.

In the absence of explanation some tend to assume and conclude there is a problem that has no basis.

It could be that an entirely natural variation is occurring.

The Atlantic Cod could also be about to recover big time after over fishing and ocean conditions swing favorable to healthy harvests.

Like our own Oregon fisheries and marine ecoystems which are now flourishing and producing record salmon runs and healthy harvests of dungenus crab.

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