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  • Does anybody eat those? What color are they when they’re cooked?

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  • Paul T Morrison & RD

    They turn red when cooked and are just as delicious as a nonblue lobster. But most are released. This will greatly increase the odds of catching another blue one.

    Why is this? The mutation creating the blue lobster is recessive. That means that the way to make a blue lobster is mate two that carry the recessive gene. Both copies of the gene are blue if it is a blue lobster so if you mate two blue lobster all offspring are blue! Normally the rare carrier of one mutation has to run into another carrier of one mutation and only one quarter of offspring are blue (Or you get a spontaneous mutation in the sex cell of the second copy in a carrier and it is blue.)

    Complicated but: Because most are released because it is good luck the odds of finding blue ones go up. I would suggest releasing all blue lobsters at the Groaner buoy and one hundred years from now Gloucester will be known for blue lobsters.

    Some more info: http://genomealberta.ca/blogs/skyler-the-blue-lobster.aspx

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    • Paul T Morrison & RD

      The increasing numbers of blue lobsters are a great example of Darwinian evolution with a little input from mankind. A blue lobster has no selective advantage (reportedly). But lobstermen are giving them a slight selective advantage. After some photos the blue lobster is released while the normal lobsters are eaten. That is a slight advantage for the recessive blue gene so that gene will increase in the population. It might take a while. 🙂

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  • Are these more common today as I don’t remember many decades back? 🙂 Dave

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