WHO@ Newsletter - July 6, 2009
Not one, but two rare orange lobsters surface
They might not be red, white and blue, but two orange crustaceans at a Route 1 lobster pound are causing a stir this Fourth of July weekend.
Jeremy Mirick, co-owner of the pound at the York Fitness Center, has two orange lobsters in the tank.
The female, which earned the moniker "Orangina" when it came in on Friday, June 26, and the male, which arrived the next day and is unnamed, look as though they just emerged from a steamer pot. But they're definitely alive and kicking.
Mirick intends to keep them that way. They're not for sale among the 400 pounds of greenish-brown lobsters Mirick expects to sell this holiday weekend.
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