A one in two million chance of being born cerulean blue has landed a two pound lobster, now named Skyler, a safe home in the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor on Saturday reported USA Today.
James LaPlante and his teenage daughter were out on the Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch near Portland, Maine when Meghan noticed the blue little creature standing out from the crowd of captured dark green and brown crustacean relatives. This boy, however won't be anyone's dinner; he's going to join three other blue lobsters and one orange one at the aquarium.
In July, two lobster fishermen in Prince Edward Island, Canada netted a blue lobster according to kxan.com, and that was the first one the men heard of having been caught in the last 20 years.
So what makes a blue lobster? Oceanographers explain a genetic mutation is responsible for the color oddities caused by a particular protein. And blue isn't the only mutation; whereas finding a blue lobster is one in two million, how about these colors?
- Red lobsters are 1 in 10 million
- Yellow lobsters 1 in 30 million
- Split colors 1 in 50 million
- Albino lobster 1 in 100 million
The Canadian blue lobster didn't wind up as dinner either.
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