The East Coast has too many lobsters, and a more of it them it seems lot of them, while alive, are not the usual brownish green, but rather psychedelic colors like lavender, blue, orange, yellow, white, pink, purple, mottled like a calico cat, and best of all, split, with one color down each half.
There’s a few theories as to why some many more of the morphs are showing up in greater quantities, and none of them have to do with nuclear reactors, MK ULTRA, space aliens, the Illuminati, or George Soros (but you’re welcome to come up with reasons that would work for all of those. And please do share them with us!):
Groovy colored lobsters and other crustaceans have been noted over the ages, just nowadays there seem to be (or are) lots more. Executive director of The Lobster Conservancy in Maine Diane Cowan suggests that in the past oddly colored, easy-to-spot lobsters got picked off by natural predators more quickly. Evolution ya, know. She adds
But with the predator population down, notably cod, there might be greater survival rates among these color morphs that are visually easier to pick out.
That kinda explains the large lobster load this summer, too. And why are natural predators down? Because we already ate a hefty chunk of “ocean kittens” as they should be called by PETA to discourage fish-eating.
Or maybe we are just more aware of of the beyond-Dali lobsters because we’re taking more pictures.
(and yes I am aware these are not technically “rock lobsters” which are the Pacific species and have no claws; they are just all tail)
(photo: Wikipedia via Creative Commons)