In Newport, Rhode Island, a local lobsterman named Patrick Marks stumbled across the first physical evidence of something I have long suspected — that lobsters are arming themselves for war against their human oppressors.
But on Monday morning, he pulled something from his trap he never expected — a four-clawed lobster. “It’s a one in a million type of thing,” Marks said. “I doubt I’ll ever see another one.”
Conventionally, lobsters have one large “crusher” claw and one “pincher.” In this case, the female lobster Marks trapped has three pincher claws on her right side. “None of the guys had seen one either,” Marks said. “I showed it to everyone. Nobody could believe it. You have three pinchers, and they all work.”
At Universal Hub, they are calling this a “sign from the sea gods.” But I see things much differently. For years, we humans have feasted on the sweet, buttery flesh of these bottom-dwelling creatures. And like their cousins the cockroach (it’s true, look it up), lobsters are evolving to survive in a harsh environment.
In this case, that means growing extra arms to avenge the deaths of their family members in cook pots from New England to southern New England.
The picture above purports to be the best official image of the four-clawed beast, but I think my representation below is more true to the danger we now face every time we don a silly bib and prepare to crack into some carapace: