The Blue Lobster, Atroceruleous Homarus, is a mutated species of lobster found on the Atlantic coast of North America. Once believed to be a rarity by many of my colleagues, the Blue Lobster population is thriving and multiplying enormously due in part to the overfishing of cod.
It thrives in cold, shallow waters where there are many rocks and other places to hide from predators. Unlike the American Lobster, which is both solitary and nocturnal, the Blue Lobster hunts in swarms especially during night time! It’s primary diet includes fish, small crustaceans, and mollusks. There have been recent reports of attacks on children, small dogs, and livestock along the Northern Atlantic coastline.
These Blue Lobster attacks have been reported as far south as North Carolina, and as far north in the colder waters around the Canadian Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They commonly range from 10 inches to 26 inches in length and ½ kg to 4 kg in weight, but have been known to reach lengths of well over 40 inches and weigh as much as 20 kg or more, making this the heaviest marine crustacean in the world. The adult Blue Lobster’s main natural predator is the codfish, but other enemies include haddock, flounder and other lobsters.