Watch This Incredible Time-Lapse of a Rare New England Blue Lobster Molting
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How about a little science for the win.
The Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, posted this incredible video recently. The center shared it on a "holiday" of sorts up here in northern New England. That's right, this year's National Lobster Day was all about the blue guys on the center's social media.
This little crustacean looks like an alien multiplying in a science fiction horror movie. However, it's just good old regular nature.
As the science center's post states, molting occurs when the lobster gets too big for its shell. According to lobsters.org, this typically occurs every two to three years. The timeline can vary due to water temperature and the lobster's daily diet.
The video also mentions that blue lobster are extremely rare. In fact, there's just a 1 in 5 million chance a lobster is born blue. That means there's a better chance you will be struck by lightening (1 in 15,300) or ripped up by a shark (1 in 3.7 million) than to ever see a wild blue lobster in your lifetime.
According to the center, the blue actually comes from a lack of color. The normal red and yellow pigment is missing from the blue guys. The common thought is that this results from either diet or good ole-fashioned genetics.
National Lobster Day is celebrated every year on September 25. It's a day for the world (especially northern New England) to honor all things crustaceans. It's also a great way for true education about the tasty creature...not the ridiculous hot takes coming out of some incredibly reckless watch dog group.
This was a pretty cool way to celebrate it. Props to the science center for sharing the cool vid.