Odd-Colored Lobsters DecodedJul-11-2012
Every lobster reference we have, from playful cartoons to sunburn allegories, leads us to believe that the clawed crustaceans are red.
Not so in the case of Toby, a rare blue lobster caught in May off the Maryland coast. John Guorley, who owns the restaurant to which Toby was brought, graciously donated him to the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.
Weird & Wild spoke to lobster experts about blue lobsters and the crustacean's panorama of color variations.
Though it seems the likes of Toby would turn up, well, once in a blue moon, it's "unusual, but not that unusual" to find a blue lobster, said Robert C. Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute, an organization that works to sustain the U.S. lobster fishery. Though the odds of such an encounter run about one in two million, "we see a few every year," Bayer said.
True red lobsters-not just ones that turn red when cooked-are a one-in-ten-million find. Yellow lobsters, 1 in 30 million. If you find an albino lobster, hang onto it, because those are one in a hundred million. Bayer can't recall ever seeing one.
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