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Rare blue lobster caught near Nova Scotia

By Shane Graber - Posted Jun 18, 2012 09:00 AM
According to the University of Maine Lobster Institute, this phenomenon is only witnessed in one of every two million lobsters and is caused by a rare genetic mutation.
Rare blue lobster caught near Nova Scotia

Rare blue lobster caught by lobsterman Bobby Stoddard near Nova Scotia, Canada.

The mutation causes the lobster to produce more of a specific protein that gives the shell the bright blue hue that makes it a true blue beauty.

Lobsterman Bobby Stoddard caught this rare lobster in May and it's the first lobster he has seen in his 33 years of lobstering. His father, a lobsterman of 55 years has only seen this phenomenon once before 45 years ago.

Knowing that it was rather rare, Bobby attempted to donate it to a local ocean institute; However, they were uninterested in the donation. Until things change, the lobster will reside in a holding tank at Stoddard's place of business.

(via Yahoo, CNN)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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