A rare blue lobster is on the mend at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium in Cape Cod Ma.
The crustacean named Troy- who’s blue hue has gained international attention – is recovering at the popular aquarium after his crusher claw fell off as a resulting of molting.
According to aquarium officials, molting is a vulnerable time for lobsters. They leave their hard exoskeleton behind, and emerge as a soft, fragile creature – and for Troy, things went terribly awry. A bad molt this past spring claimed his claw, leaving him defenseless.
Troy came to the aquarium from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. And he’s extremely rare — about one in five million American lobsters are blue, according to Michael Tlusty, a lobster scientist at the New England Aquarium.
At present, Troy seems a bit shy, and tends to hide behind a shell in his tank until feeding time. But visitors to the aquarium in search of a blue lobster fix can likely get a gander at Dave, another rare blue adult lobster that may be one of the most beautiful animals on the peninsula.
Visit the Aquarium
If you’d like to get a look at one of these rare, beautiful crustaceans, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seal-feeding sessions are conducted most days at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome in the lobby.
Cape Cod Vacations
Of course, a visit to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium wouldn’t be complete without an overnight stay at one of the popular Cape Cod hotels. Make your Cape Cod vacation fun and affordable by taking advantage of one of the Cape Cod Hotel Packages available for families, couples – or anyone who just wants to get away from it all.