What turned a lobster blue?
What turned a lobster blue? A blue lobster caught by Jay LaPlante off Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine (- AP photo)
What turned a lobster blue?
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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 (304)
  • joshuat2015
    9/02/2014 - 12:45 p.m.

    i think that she donated it because she wanted to enjoy it .thats why i think she donated it.thats why she wanted to enjoy it

  • dylangotdreams
    9/02/2014 - 01:58 p.m.

    Megan decided to donate the lobster beacause they are rare and she wanted to share the wonder of a blue lobster.There are only four blue lobsters a year.

  • jordene115
    9/02/2014 - 02:00 p.m.

    The lobster was rare and eating it would dumb but also tasty. but instead she donated it and shared her blue lobster. I would of named lary the lobster.

  • rosaleeg-Ros
    9/02/2014 - 02:22 p.m.

    I think that what megan did was very nice and sweet. With all the tropical lobsters in the world I just can't belive that there are ornge, blue lobsters in the world.

  • KSMDUDECO
    9/02/2014 - 03:39 p.m.

    how is this posible a blue lobster that is cool. i wonder how it got like that. and i wonder if there is more of their species. and i did not know that their is orange one as well.

  • izzetgenis3
    9/02/2014 - 03:40 p.m.

    This is so very awesome. How can a lobster be blue or even orange. I hope that one day I might get to see a blue or orange lobster.

  • ayoswag
    9/02/2014 - 03:48 p.m.

    It's cool that there are lobsters that are different colors. It's cool that they didn't cook it or sell it. It's cool that they see three or four blue lobsters a year

  • karebear5
    9/02/2014 - 03:59 p.m.

    Meghan decided to donate the blue lobster instead of eating it , cooking it , or selling it because it was a very rare lobster and didn't want anything to happen to it.

  • k978
    9/02/2014 - 04:03 p.m.

    Meghan decided to donate the lobster to a museum because the lobster is rare and there are only four ever year and only one blue lobster out of every two million.

  • tybreland
    9/02/2014 - 07:12 p.m.

    It's amazing that the world is discovery new things every day. I'm glad that they finding new things. Yet where do this come from how do we find these sorts of creatures everywhere. I wonder if i walk on the beach,and I see a rare Blue Lobster.

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