A rare, translucent lobster was caught by a fisherman who, in his 42 years of fishing, had never seen one before.
Alex Todd, 48, caught the strange creature and a photo of it, next to a normal lobster, was posted on the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association Facebook page.
The post also explained why the lobster had no colour.
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A normal lobster gets its color by mixing yellow, blue, and red protein pigments. Through different genetic mutations you can get a blue, yellow, or red (uncooked) lobster. You can also get strange mixtures of those colors as well.
This lobster probably has a genetic condition called Leucism which isn’t a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but instead a partial loss. This is why you can still see some hints of blue on the shell and colour on the eyes.
Todd, who’s held a lobster licence since he was just six-years-old, told ABC News:
I’ve never seen a white one. This one was translucent with just a hint of blue in it. It was really different and really cool.
Apparently, the lobster was released back into the sea because its tail had been ‘notched’, meaning it was an egg-bearing female – which are off-limits for ‘conservation reasons’.
Even if it had been male, it’s an oddity enough that, why cook it for a $4 lobster?