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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Extremely Rare BLUE Crustacean Is Caught Off Maine Coast

  • Lobster was pulled in by lobsterman Jay LaPlante and daugher Meghan, 14
  • Meghan named the two-pound lobster Skyler
  • Skyler will be donated Maine State Aquarium
A Maine lobsterman reeled in a one in a million catch when when he trapped an extremely rare blue lobster.

Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch company told reporters he caught the unique crustacean about 10:45 a.m. Saturday roughly 10 miles from Portland.

It was his daughter Meghan, 14, who discovered the lobster while hauling in traps.

Its estimated that maybe 1 or 2 lobsters in a million are colored blue, according to figures from the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, USA Today reports.

The color is the product of a genetic defect causing the lobster to produce too much of a protein.

Meghan immediately named the two-pound lobster Skyler, and having bonded with it said it would not be cooked.


Instead, she'll make sure Skyler gets a good home at the Maine State Aquarium.

There he'll join three of his extraordinarily uncommon blue brothers and a solitary orange lobster.

WCSH6 notes the aquarium is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you're in the area.

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