One of the Rarest Lobsters in the World Was Found in Maine Waters

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Consider the rare split-colored lobster: unusual catch turns up in Maine http://t.co/R3JsumvS3p

— Guardian US (@GuardianUS) July 7, 2015

New England has become a hotbed of unique lobster finds, first with Darth Lobster, then a rare blue lobster, then two albino ones, and now, a split-colored crustacean.

The Darth Lobster, which became a viral hit, was a one in 30 million find when it was pulled out of the water off of Gloucester. The blue lobster, although incredibly rare looking, is only a one in 2 million find. But the big tamale, the split-colored lobster found off Maine this week, is a shocking one in 50 million discovery.

According to a NECN report, this lobster is even more rare than a regular split-colored crustacean:

It resembles a split lobster, which is typically orange on one side and brown on the other, split down the middle. But this one has a unique pattern. Only its tail is split down the middle. Its body is all brown. One claw is orange, and one claw is brown.

“There’s probably quite a few genetic mutations that created that type of pattern,” Adam Baukus, a scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, told the Daily Mail.

The Maine State Aquarium is reported to have expressed interest in housing the creature. One place it won’t end up? A boiling pot. Whew.

The odds of winning the lottery are about one in 176 million, so you have a three times greater chance of catching a unique split-colored lobster than you do winning the lottery. See, there’s hope for lobster fisherman everywhere.

Check out the unique bottom-dweller below:

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2015/07/09/lobster-maine-colored/