Twitter’s new obsession is a rare ‘lesbian moon lobster’

Meka Beresford September 5, 2017
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If there is anything that the people of Twitter are good at it is growing an obsession over the strangest of things.

From Mike Pence’s relationship with a horse to Trump’s request for Easy D, the social platform is a breeding ground for all things weird and wonderful.

The most recent and unsuspecting celebrity on the platform is a lobster.

The lobster isn’t any plain old sea creature though, it is a rare “lesbian moon” lobster that “controls the tides”.

A picture of the translucent-pearl lobster appeared on Facebook earlier this week after a fisherman shared a picture of it on the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association’s page.

ABC picked up the story and talked to the fisherman, Alex Todd, who said that he decided to put it back in the sea because it was female and appeared to be carrying eggs.

He said he thought it was “really cool” but not as cool as Twitter user Eliza Clark thought the lobster was.

Clark retweeted the ABC story writing: “Let the Lesbian moon lobster return to the sea, she controls the tides.”

The tweet quickly went viral, receiving over 285,000 likes and 86,000 retweets.

The lesbian lobster has now built a cult following off the back of Clark’s tweet.

The group of fans joked about the lobster’s power in the ocean.

One person wrote: “The ocean is gay. Straight people aren’t allowed to swim in it ever sorry I don’t make the rules.”

“Queen of the tides, lunar goddess,” somebody else wrote.

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“Lesbian Moon Lobster. Best. Superhero. Ever,” another said.

A third added: “If he let her go without his three wishes, he’s a fool.”

The “Lesbian Moon Lobster” even has its own Twitter account.

The magical status has been explained by the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association as a rare partial loss pigments.

They wrote: A normal lobster gets its colour by mixing yellow, blue, and red protein pigments. Through different genetic mutations, you can get a blue, yellow, or red (uncooked) lobster. You can also get strange mixtures of those colours as well.

“This lobster probably has a genetic condition called Leucism which isn’t a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but instead a partial loss. This is why you can still see some hints of blue on the shell and colour on the eyes,” they added.

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