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Yellow Lobster, One in 30 Million Find, Caught Off Connecticut Coast

By    |   Friday, 13 Jun 2014 12:31 PM

A Connecticut fisherman found a rare yellow lobster off the state's shores over the weekend, a discovery so unlikely that the odds of catching one are about one in 30 million, according to The Hartford Courant.

Jere Lacoske, a commercial fisherman, told the newspaper earlier this week he captured the lobster along Black Point in Niantic, Connecticut.

"When we pulled it in, it was like 'Holy mackerel, I've never seen something that color at all,'" the 55-year-old told The Courant.

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Lacoske said he hopes to give the rare lobster to the Mystic Aquarium for public display instead of selling it. He said if no one wants it, he will return it to the ocean.



According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, lobsters found in the United States are often a dark, bluish green to greenish brown color. The institute's website stated that the crustaceans are generally redder on the body and claws, and greener on the legs.

According to the institute's report "One in a Million," many split-colored lobsters are hermaphroditic, meaning they have both male and female sex organs, another consequence of their genetic variation. The albino, or crystal, lobster is considered a one in 100 million find.

Cathy Billings, associate director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, told The Courant that the unique coloring of lobsters is caused by a recessive gene that alters pigmentation. The gene functions to the gene that governs eye color variation in humans, she added.

The Associated Press reported back in 2012 that a Maine seafood shop found six rare, orange lobsters in a 100-pound shipment to its restaurant, stunning the owner.

"My butcher was unloading them and said, 'Oh, my gosh, boss, they sent us cooked dead lobsters,'" Bill Sarro, owner of Fresh Catch Seafood in Mansfield, Massachusetts told the AP at the time. "He then picked one up and it crawled up his arm."

The AP reported in 2012 that accounts of bright blue, orange, yellow, calico, white, and even split lobsters — one color on one side, another on the other — had increased in recent years.

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A Connecticut fisherman found a rare yellow lobster off the state's shores over the weekend, a discovery so unlikely that the odds of catching one are about one in 30 million, according to The Hartford Courant.
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