Trending Topics climate change global warming cancer travel Earth

Awesome! Rare Blue Lobster Found in Massachusetts

Aug 16, 2016 04:00 AM EDT

A man from Massachusetts caught a blue lobster -- yes, blue, like the sky. But what makes it more interesting is that this same lucky man from Massachusetts had caught another blue lobster a few years ago. This rare blue sapphire lobster is more than just a possible delectable food in the table.

Fox News  reports that blue lobsters are so rare that they approximately occur just one in two million. Its blue color is caused by a genetic defect which creates high quantities of protein, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine.

Blue lobsters, despite being rare, are more common than lobsters that are in bright red (before being cooked), yellow or even calico. This particular blue lobster weighs two pounds and even though it stood out due to its size and color, it wasn't eaten by a larger animal, Yahoo reports.

Plymouth lobsterman Wayne Nickerson caught his first rare blue lobster when he was 19 years old. Instead of selling it at that time, Nickerson displayed the blue lobster in a tank at the Manomet lobster pound.

Last Monday, the lucky man caught another blue lobster again. His wife, Jan Nickerson, later on named the second blue lobster Bleu, as per the Associated Press.

"It was more brilliantly blue than the bluest hydrangea you've ever seen," Jan told The Boston Globe. "It was almost fluorescent. It was almost glowing."

WHEC says Jan hopes to donate Bleu to Boston's New England Aquarium, where several colored lobsters are on display. Meanwhile, the New England Aquarium's media relations director said that they can let it in display if they have space, calling the bright blue lobster "just spectacular."

The Nickersons took Bleu to shore to show him off to a bunch of cheering children on a boat tour called Lobster Tales.

© 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join the Conversation

Email Newsletter
About Us Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms&Conditions
Real Time Analytics