What are the odds? For a two-toned lobster, it’s 1 in 50 million; for a blue lobster, it’s 1 in 2 million; both unique specimens are spared the boiler pot
Experts say the odds of catching a two-tone lobster are about 1 in 50 million. Yet a fisherman off Maine recently hauled in a lobster that was half orange and half brown (pictured above).
“It looked as if someone had taken painter’s tape and run it from proboscis to tail, then spray-painted one side. It’s a perfectly straight line,” Alan Lishness, of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, told Reuters. “You don’t usually see such hard edges in nature.”
If this isn’t bizarre enough, a fisherman off Massachusetts on Thursday hauled up a blue lobster (pictured below). The odds of that happening are 1 in 2 million.
Imagine the odds of both of these lobster being caught during the same week or so.
Typically, American lobsters are brownish-green. The peculiar coloration is caused by a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein.
“They’re still lobsters, but they stand out because they’re different,” states the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, on its website.
The two-toned lobster was caught by Jeff Edwards of Owl’s Head, Maine. After the lobster was photographed, it was delivered to Ship to Shore Lobster Co., a local fisherman’s wharf.
“We’ve had blue ones and calico ones, but we’d never seen anything like this,” said Anna Mason, co-owner of Ship to Shore.
Ultimately, the two-toned lobster was donated it to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, which keeps the crustaceans in a tank for children’s education programs.
by Pete Thomas