Left Side Male, Right Side Female: Extremely Strange Creatures

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
February 23, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

This lobster is half female, half male—split right down the middle, as seen by the two-toned coloring. It was caught by a fisherman off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, last year and the photo was posted on Reddit by his nephew. 

The chances of catching such a two-toned lobster are 1 in 50 million to 100 million, staff at the Mount Desert Oceanarium said when a similar lobster was caught in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 2006.

It may be rare to catch such a lobster, but this phenomenon is found not only in lobsters. It is also found in butterflies and numerous other organisms.

According to ancient Taoist beliefs, the human body is divided into two genders corresponding to yin and yang. The left side is male, associated with yang chi, and the right side is female, associated with yin chi.

Not all two-toned lobsters are part male and part female (gynandromorphs).

A U.S. National Museum bulletin from 1959 looks at the recorded cases of two-toned lobsters in history.

From 1730 up through to the 1950s, several records describe various two-toned hues—“half normal and half light sky blue; half normal and half pale red; half greenish black and half light orange; half blue and half white;” the list goes on.

Only two of the lobsters, one caught in 1730 and another in 1919, were definitely described as being half male and half female.


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