Thank you so much , captjoe06
. You are the MAN!!!!!!!
I thoroughly enjoy all your posts, photos, and video. I agree that you have set the bar high.
Sometime when you have a chance, can you explain the process of how you got Jeff, Zsolt, and John to visit you?
Edited to Add : Article in captjoe06
's local paper:
July 27, 2010
One in 100 million
By Steven Fletcher
Captain Joe & Sons wholesale lobster dealership processes more pounds of the crustacean than co-owner Joey Ciaramitaro can remember.
But the lobster boats have now offered up something virtually unique: an albino lobster.
Local lobsterman Mike Tupper brought the white shellfish in on the Freemantle Doctor last Friday. The 21/2-pound lobster's carapace was colored a blue-tinted white ó starkly contrasting with the rest of the ruddy brown catch.
Ciaramitaro, also well known as blogger extraordinaire with his GoodMorningGloucester, said Tuesday that this lobster stood as one of the only two albinos he has handled in his lifetime on the docks, beginning at the age of 9.
Bill Murphy, senior biologist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, said Tuesday that only one in every 100 million lobsters would carry the albino shell, claws and tail.
Lobsters ó usually a reddish brown ó can come in varied colors. Murphy said the shellfish can appear orange, yellow ó and, in rare cases, blue and white. Lobsters, according to both Ciaramitaro and Murphy, even appear with two colors, split perfectly down the center.
However, every color but white will turn the traditional red when boiled, according to William Alder, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association.
The albino isn't the only "mutant lobster," as Ciaramitaro refers to them, landed at his business even this month.
Last week, he said, a lobster boat brought in a lobster with a triple pincer claw. That shellfish weighed in at nearly 3 pounds.
Over the years, Ciaramitaro said lobsters and crabs of all colors and numbers of claws have crossed onto his landing.
Ciaramitaro said he's even stopped calling aquariums about unusual shellfish after officials became unwilling to pick up the crustaceans for study. So, despite their unique looks, the "mutant lobsters" go out to vendors just like their run-of-the-mill cousins.
One exception, however, was the albino lobster landed last week.
The same week the Freemantle Doctor landed the shot-in-the-dark shellfish, Jeff Schroeder, who has been a contestant on both CBS's "Amazing Race" and "Big Brother," visited the Gloucester wharves and was hosted by Ciaramitaro family's for the show "Around the World For Free." This year's "Amazing Race" also reportedly kicked off in Gloucester last month.
On Monday, Ciaramitaro left the lobster's fate in Schroeder's hands.
He presented two envelopes, one that read "eat the lobster," the other "free the lobster."
One would have had the albino lobster cooked, providing Schroeder with all the lobster he could eat; the other required him to walk Gloucester's famed Greasy Pole off Pavilion Beach to, as Ciaramitaro put it, "earn the right to release the lobster."
Schroeder chose to walk the pole, and Mark Ring of the lobster boat The Stanley Thomas ferried Ciaramitaro, Schroeder, and the film crew to the pole.
Ciaramitaro confessed in an interview Tuesday that the "eat the lobster" envelope really said to release the lobster as well. And, in the end, he said the event turned out well for all, with both the lobstermen and Schroeder looking like heroes.
"It was good for CBS, Jeff Schroeder, the lobsterman," he said, "and it was good for the lobster."
Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3447 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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