Image: Rare yellow lobster
Julia Cumes  /  AP
Nathan Nickerson, owner of Cape Cod's Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar, says a the rare yellow lobster, right, was caught off the coast of Prince Edward Island in Canada.
updated 6/11/2009 3:36:26 PM ET 2009-06-11T19:36:26

This lobster will catch your eye, but not because you're imagining its tail dipped in butter. It is bright orange and yellow, even though it's never been near a boiling pot.

Specialists tell The Boston Globe it's called a "yellow lobster" and it's one in 30 million.

The lobster now named Fiona was recently caught off Canada. It was given by a friend to Nathan Nickerson, the owner of Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham, on Cape Cod.

New England Aquarium director of research Michael Tlusty says a rare genetic mutation produces yellow lobsters.

Life isn't easy for such animals. Their bright colors make it easy for predators to spot them.

Nickerson said the human predators at his restaurant will never get Fiona. He said it would be like steaming a Rembrandt.

Video: Rare lobster spared from the boiling pot


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