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The Provincetown Miracle Lobster


I mentioned this catch a couple weeks ago but here's a photo. Chances of netting a gay white lobster (actually I just made up the gay part, but it makes perfect sense to me): 1 in 100 million. Other lobster color facts — yellow lobsters are one in 30 million, blue are one in five million.

It also makes sense to me that this unusual lobster was captured off of Provincetown, historic home of outlaws, artists, and social misfits. Luckily, Whitey is going to live the rest of his days in the New England Aquarium and not find his way to a mayonnaise-encrusted toasted bun at Clem & Ursie's.

A short aside that illustrates the lengths I will go to amuse myself: When I lived in Provincetown the internet provider was They had a rule that email addresses had to start with your first initial and your last name. I told them that my name was Larry Obsterina so I could have the email address lobsterina @ Pretty sneaky sis.

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  1. Andy, sometimes I think you're having WAY too much fun. But keep it up, please, because this is such a GREAT site.

    Posted by: Will | Sep 20, 2004 1:05:28 PM

  2. Hi Towle,
    I'm brazilian and i loved your Towleroad. I'll back.

    Posted by: Mário | Sep 20, 2004 1:24:17 PM

  3. hard to believe but i think you may actually love PTown more than I. if you want to quantify that sort of thing....

    Posted by: aka frank | Sep 20, 2004 3:41:37 PM

  4. I'm glad the white lobster is going to find a good home. I was at the Aquarium yesterday for the first time in several years but only watched the seals out front and didn't go in. I recall them having a blue lobster there when I was a kid. Lobsters live a long time so maybe it is still there and they two can mate creating baby blue lobsters !

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 20, 2004 3:56:01 PM

  5. I love Patrick's baby blue lobster idea. :)

    So Andy, do you think the other lobsters picked on this lobster when he went to lobster school? The poor thing.

    Posted by: Jess | Sep 20, 2004 8:12:41 PM

  6. wow i didn't even know there were blue lobsters

    Posted by: brechi | Sep 22, 2004 4:35:37 PM

  7. Andy, you must get over this obsession with Provincetown. I know it's fun and all, but it's destroying our marriage.

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