What turned a lobster blue? A blue lobster caught by Jay LaPlante off Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine (- AP photo)
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A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

WCSH-TV reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the creature in Scarborough on Saturday morning. 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 it Skyler and will donate it to the Maine State Aquarium. The aquarium says it has three other blue lobsters and an orange one.

While typical lobsters are often a brown or greenish color, others can be bright red (uncooked), calico, multi-colored, orange and even albino, which is likely the rarest of all lobster shades.

"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 there is still much unknown about the number of lobsters, but according to some estimates, only one out of two million lobsters is blue.

Critical thinking challenge: Why did Meghan decide to donate the lobster instead of cooking it, eating it or selling it?

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COMMENTS (38)
  • oscara-Koc
    9/07/2014 - 12:17 p.m.

    It's exciting knowing that Skyler has been founded and is safe. It's an incredible achievement for the Maine State Aquarium, to accept another rare blue lobster. In response, Meghan is one of the few people who has a heart on this earth. Knowing she could have sold it or possible could have eaten it. But she didn't, she knew it was important to history and so she did the right cause by donating Skyler.

  • ct2000green
    9/08/2014 - 01:16 p.m.

    I think that this is an amazing find, even though they come every summer. The lobster color I'm most commonly used to seeing is red, so you can understand my amazement when I saw this blue lobster, Skyler. Also the find of this lobster and the other blue lobsters may help scientists to find out why lobster color can vary from drown to albino. In conclusion I believe that the blue lobster is an extraordinary find and that the lobster will help to solve many questions such as, "why are only two in one million lobsters blue?

  • 03Alex-May
    9/08/2014 - 02:37 p.m.

    awesome I would not have given it away because I would keep him as a pet he is adorable. he would probly get more attention than my cats

  • Haliele-Fre
    9/09/2014 - 01:16 p.m.

    Meghan probably decided to donate it because of how rare they were. Also. She probably thought that she more than likely didn't know how to raise a lobster. The Maine State Aquarium already had an orange one and a couple more blue ones. Maybe in a few years, the aquarium will have more!

  • arwillisb-Orv
    9/11/2014 - 12:33 p.m.

    How remarkable that there is an rare or common lobster i have never heard im life .. thats is my favorite color. i hope this species do not be extinct. i think that we are getting more close of discovering the eath ocean life & plants thatv are not yet discovered.

  • NJ2001Game
    9/11/2014 - 12:58 p.m.

    Because It is a rare occurrence so there is no point cooking it if it tastes the same. She donated it because she felt close to it because she caught so she wanted to see it that is why she donated it to Maine state aquarium.

  • RMatthew-Cas
    9/13/2014 - 02:03 p.m.

    She decided to donate the lobster instead of eating it or selling it because she probably wanted people to see the blue lobster. Its not every day you get to see a blue lobster so why not give it to an aquarium for every one to see.

  • LTaylor-Cas
    9/13/2014 - 04:34 p.m.

    I think that she did the right thing by not cooking it or not eating it because even though they see about three to four a year, they are still pretty rare and the aquarium probably really appreciated her helping them add it to their collection.

  • joshn-Koc
    9/13/2014 - 10:39 p.m.

    Meghan decided to donate the lobster probably because she figured that people would rather see a rare lobster than to eat a rare lobster. She could have sold it for a good amount of money but she did not. The lobster could be studied and we could find out how often lobsters are different colors

  • michaello-Koc
    9/14/2014 - 03:15 p.m.

    i think she donated it becasue it was just one of those one in two milion..! so maybe she didnt have a purpose to have it maybe someone else can make use out of it or show it off like everyone else would. something like that

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