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I love lobster. I'm not unusual in this and many others do as well, but not everyone. I think that it is a love/hate food and you immediately know which side of the fence you are on. Last month I was in mid-coast Maine on vacation. I love the area, visit there several times a year, and am planning on moving there in the next few years. Maine is known for lobster, so of course that's what we had to have for dinner.
I went to my favorite lobster purveyor, Jeff of the Oyster River Lobster Company, to pick up a half dozen or so for dinner for me and my guest. As I was grubbing around in the tank helping myself to the big bugs I saw a flash of brilliant blue. Jeff's son, Josh, ran over to help me out and brought out a living jewel, Mr. Blu Genes (see pic). It was an unusual and very rare blue lobster that they were keeping as a mascot. Blue lobsters are found only once in a blue moon, actually the odds are even greater than that. Only one in 3-4 million lobsters are blue, they are even more rare than calico lobsters, but not as rare as a live red/orange lobster, the albino, yellow or the elusive two-tone lobster. My buddy and I played around with the cute little guy for awhile, posing and taking pics, before returning him to his tank.
Then we headed back home with his cousins for a feast of steamed, grilled, caked and chowdered crustaceans to carry us over for a day or two. If you would like to check out some more cool lobster pics you can always go to the U of Maine lobster of the month page for more tasty looking, interesting and weird, deep sea creepy crawlies.
The lobsterman, Alan Robinson, donated the lobster to the Mount Desert Oceanarium in Maine, which has only had 3 two-tone lobsters in its 35 year existence.
A family of cousins went under the knife to have their stomachs removed. The procedure wasn't done to cause them to lose weight, as it is in gastric bypass surgery, but to prevent them from developing what would most likely have been fatal stomach cancer. The particular cancer that runs in their family is very rare and, due to a genetic mutation that they all inherited from a common grandmother, there was a 70% chance that they would develop it. After seeing parents, aunts and uncles die at young ages from the cancer, the decision was one that all the cousins wanted to make.
The surgery involved the removal of not only the stomach, but the surrounding lymph nodes. The esophagus was attached to the intestine directly. Because digestion and nutrient absorption occurs in the intestine, the cousins can still eat and live healthy lives, but they must eat very small amounts, very frequently and often have difficulty putting weight on. There are some foods that no longer agree with them, like ice cream, while other foods are easier to digest, such as small pieces of meat. Even with eating challenges to face, they have all been much happier since their surgeries at the end of 2004, which gave them piece of mind even as it took their stomachs.
As one of the family members, Bill Bradfield, put it: "We're all going to die of something, but I know I won't die of stomach cancer."
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