A restaurant owner in Eastham Massachusetts could not believe his eyes when he found a blue lobster in the seafood shipment that the restaurant received last week.
The rare crustacean was on display at the restaurant for the past week but now it has been donated and moved to the St Louis aquarium in Missouri to “stay alive and stay safe”, and to honour the St Louis Blues who won 2019 Stanley Cup.
Well looky here—a BLUE lobster 😮! (Only 1 in every 2 million is blue!) This was brought into us after being caught in the Atlantic. Stop in to see it in person!
The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine states that according to oceanographers, an estimated 1 in 2 million lobsters are blue, and that the colour comes from a genetic defect that makes the lobster produce an excess of a particular protein, combined to a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin.
Other lobsters seem to be rarer. According to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute brilliant red lobsters account for 1 in every 10 million and such colour occurs naturally. Rarer than a red lobster is a yellow lobster which is believed to account for 1 in 30 million, whilst split-colour lobster is even rarer at 1 in 50 million.
According to the BBC News Magazine, in 2011, two fishermen from Dorset caught an albino lobster. The estimated odds for such a catch were 1 in 100 million.