A blue lobster was saved from taking its rightful place in the food chain when a teen girl and her father discovered it while hauling lobster traps. Jay LaPlante was working with Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch company on Saturday. His 14-year-old daughter Meghan was helping him haul traps when she noticed the bright blue lobster among the other less-colorful crustaceans, reported USA Today. Yes, the lobster company is named for Meghan LaPlante herself.
Back in 2012, the younger LaPlante made headlines when she started her own lobster company. At the time, WCSH reported, "Under her student license Meghan can have 50-traps out a time. Every couple of days she heads out with her dad Jay and brother Zack to haul them in." As a 12-year-old girl, LaPlante planned to use the money earned from Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch company for her college fund, clothes and other "stuff."
Now her recent haul has her making headlines again.
According to oceanographers at Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, the blue lobster is such a rarity that only one in two million lobsters shares its brilliant blue color. Thanks to a genetic defect the blue lobster has excess amounts of a particular protein. It is the overproduction of this protein that lends the rare creature its special color.
By catching the blue lobster and offering it to a museum for display the teen and her father rescued the rare creature from becoming dinner for some less discriminating diners. When it comes to their place on the food chain, lobsters have more to worry about than just becoming a meal for a hungry human. Some fish eat lobsters. So do other lobsters.
Thanks to Meghan LaPlante, this blue lobster will live out the rest of its natural life at Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, reported New York Daily News. There it will be able to enjoy the company of three other blue lobsters and an orange lobster that are already in residence.