Green Crayfish Turns Heads, Draws Skepticism (PHOTO)

06/18/2013 03:18 pm ET

Forget blue lobsters, calico lobsters and split orange-and-black lobsters -- ever seen a green crayfish?

On Monday, a Reddit user posted the below image featuring the oddly-hued crayfish, supposedly a West Australian rock lobster. But can it possibly be real?

The Huffington Post reached out to Mike DeCesare, communications director for the Marine Stewardship Council, to find out. The council, which helps set standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability, employs fishery experts around the world.

After consulting with the council's fishery experts in Australia and Seattle, DeCesare said that "nobody thought the color looked right." It's possible that someone painted the crayfish, or that the photo is the result of a creative Photoshop job, he said.

But it's not certain that the green crayfish is a hoax. "In nature, of course, there are always things that are not what you would expect," DeCesare said. "You always have to leave open the possibility."

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