Lobster with THREE claws becomes local attraction (but he’s still destined for the boiling pot)

September 20, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

A bizarre lobster with three claws instead of the usual two is literally grabbing attention at a seaside fishmongers.

The strange crustacean is on display at Jacksons in Newton Abbot, Devon, after being caught off the coast nearby.

Normally lobsters have two claws – one large, for crushing, and one small, for cutting.

The lobster has an extra claw growing. Local residents have been flocking to see the creature

The lobster has an extra claw growing. Local residents have been flocking to see the creature

But the 3lb lobster – nicknamed Claws – has a third limb growing out of the bigger one.

Jacksons director Matthew Endacott said: “In my 20 years of working in this business, I’ve never seen anything like it.

“As word has spread around the town more and more people have been coming to see him. Lots of children have come along.

“We’ll now sell him and he’ll be eaten – I suppose the buyer will get a bit more claw meat.”

The fishmongers has often displayed rare and unusual fish including a 100lb conger eel, an 18lb red fish and a giant halibut.

Scientists say repetition of body parts occasionally occur in segmented animals such as lobsters and insects.

Each body segment has a particular set of genes that tells the animal which appendages to grow on that part of the body.

Abnormalities arise when the genes give the wrong signal.

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