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Yellow lobster: Fisherman catches rare lobster, 1 in 30M chance for odd color

A yellow lobster was caught by one lucky fisherman this week, and the rare lobster is indeed an incredibly uncommon find. Experts say that the overall odds of catching this uniquely colored crustacean is only a 1 in 30 million chance. The Christian Post reports this Friday, June 13, 2014, that the identity of this Connecticut fisherman is Jere Lacoske, who says he’s never seen anything like this in all his years out on the water.

Yellow lobster found off coast, very rare catch
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Not far from the Connecticut state shore, Jere Lacoske never expected a yellow lobster to get trapped into his net. With only one of these animals having the odd mustard color in about every 30 million, the fortunate fisherman said he was very happy to be fishing for lobsters near Black Point this week.

"When we pulled it in, it was like 'Holy mackerel, I've never seen something that color at all,'" the 55-year-old told a local newspaper.

Rather than trying to sell or kill this highly rare lobster, Lacoske has said to media sources that he is hoping officials at local aquariums like the Mystic Aquarium may be willing to accept the yellow lobster and put it on display instead. The fisherman added that if there are no takers of this big catch of the day — which is unlikely — then he will simply put the animal back into the deep ocean.

It is News Max that provides some interesting physical information on lobsters from the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine this week. As stated on their website, a majority of lobsters caught in or around U.S. waters are usually a dark green, brown, or bluish-green color. As they get older, these tasty crustaceans get redder over time on the claws and body, though their legs remain with a green hue.

While finding a yellow lobster is a one in a 30 million chance, there are other very rare animals under the ocean’s waters. Some split-colored lobsters aside from this mustard tinged find are hermaphrodites, while others — as a result of their abnormal genetic variations — retain their blue colors. One of the rarest lobsters is a crystal, or albino (white colored) anomaly, which is thought to be a one in 100 million find.

According to the press release, a recessive gene that makes unusual changes to natural pigmentation is the core reason behind this singular yellow lobster phenomenon. The gene is considered to be connected to one that alters eye color variation in that of humans.

Just a couple years ago, a small group of orange lobsters were discovered in a usual shipment sent up to Maine. Although reasons cannot be fully explained, it is known that a sharp rise in the number of colored and genetic anomalies in lobsters has been seen in the last decade.

"My butcher was unloading them and said, 'Oh, my gosh, boss, they sent us cooked dead lobsters,'" Bill Sarro, owner of Fresh Catch Seafood in Mansfield, Massachusetts told the AP at the time. "He then picked one up and it crawled up his arm."

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