“One-in-2 million” bright blue lobster captured by father and son in Maine

14-year-old Meghan LaPlante and her father caught the lobster south of Portland, Maine

Rare blue lobster caught off Maine coast


Luke Rand, 36, has been fishing since he was 16, and his father Mark has been fishing for greater than 40 years. But they’ve by no means caught something similar to what they did final week off the coast of Maine. 

In Casco Bay on August 11, the pair caught a uncommon, bright blue lobster, they instructed native newspaper the Portland Press Herald. Luke Rand stated it seemed to be the authorized measurement and was a healthy-looking male. 

“We’ve never pulled one this color or even seen one to throw back,” Rand instructed the outlet, saying that after they confirmed it to their seller, folks could not assist however take photographs. “It’s not something that you see every day.” 

The father and son plan on maintaining the lobster in a tank on the household’s well-liked Portland restaurant, Becky’s Diner. 

This is not the primary blue lobster came upon of Casco Bay. Last year, a lobsterman discovered a feminine lobster with a shell that resembled blue cotton sweet, in response to Smithsonian Magazine.  

In 2014, 14-year-old Meghan LaPlante and her father caught a blue lobster south of Portland, Maine.

According to the New England Aquarium, wild blue lobsters are a couple of very uncommon one-in-2 million discovery. The aquarium acquired its personal resident blue lobster in February 2020 and has additionally had resident lobsters of various colours, together with yellow, orange and even calico. 

Most lobsters are a greenish-brown shade, in response to the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, however “not very often,” they appear blue, yellow, white, and even a mixture of colours. All lobsters, besides these which might be white, will flip purple when they’re cooked, the institute stated. 

In Gloucester, Massachusetts, final year, one other lobsterman discovered a blue lobster. CBS Boston reported that the person introduced the lobster aboard a fishing vessel to take photographs earlier than releasing it again to the ocean. 

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