What turned a lobster blue?
A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a very rare blue lobster.
WCSH-TV reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the creature in Scarborough. LaPlante and daughter Meghan were hauling traps when she discovered the bright blue critter.
The story has a happy ending for the lobster. Meghan says she is naming the lobster Skyler. She will donate it to the Maine State Aquarium. The aquarium says it has three other blue lobsters. It has an orange one. too.
Typical lobsters are often a brown or greenish color. Others can be bright red (uncooked), calico, multi-colored or orange. Albino is likely the rarest of all lobster shades. Albino means no color, or white.
"They're rare, but we still see them every summer," University of Maine Lobster Institute Executive Director Robert C. Bayer told Michael Kuhne of AccuWeather.com. "We see around three to four a year."
Bayer said much is unknown about the number of lobsters. But according to some estimates, only one out of two million is blue.