Once in a blue lobster

There are times when CNN really makes me sad.  There’s a blue lobster video on their website currently, supposedly of a lobster caught recently in Canada.  But for some reason the Canadian source website has no information at all – I can’t even find the original video there.  Perhaps I’m just inept, but I’d prefer to have some actual NEWS to go with my video.  Is that really so much to ask?  (I did eventually find the information here.)

Sometimes rare and striking things happen.  Sometimes you run out of the rain and discover a new and happy shop you never would’ve noticed otherwise.  Sometimes an unexpected remark catches you off guard, bringing joy, laughter, or tears.  Sometimes women get fed up and annoyed with those who try to take advantage of them and cut of their heads.  Sometimes we actually recognise the miracle of the world around us.

According to Wikipedia, the blue lobster is a mutation of the American lobster species cause by a genetic defect.  The defect causes the lobster to produce more than the usual amount of a certain protein, which is then free to combine with other molecules to make the blue color.  The majority of lobsters combine a variety of pigments in their shells to form the overall color, but several single or dually colored lobsters are well known, some more rare than others:  the blue lobster (one in two million lobsters), the yellow lobster (1 in 30 million), the ‘half and half’, which has half a shell of one color and half a shell of another (1 in 50 million), and the ‘white’ or ‘crystal’ type, which are actually albino (1 in 100 million).  So on a scale of rarity, the blue lobsters are at a low end.

Rarity is not what makes something special.  Even snowflakes are probably not completely individual.  We are what gives significance to an event or a story or an object.  The question becomes not ‘will we have the opportunity’ or ‘which is the most likely’, but ‘what do we choose to recognize as worthy’?  That focus, whether on the blue lobsters of the world or the endlessly repeated refrain, is what determines our wonder and our depth.

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