According to a local newspaper, Anne Rodgers and her husband, Marblehead Veterans Agent David Rodgers, found a rare blue lobster Thursday morning while moving lobster traps in preparation for Hurricane Lee.
“It was really blue – like blue rubber gloves. It was beautiful,” said Anne Marblehead Stream.
These almost neon blue lobsters are an extremely rare find, according to previously published statistics New England Aquarium – Only one in two million lobsters has this bright shade of azure.
As for what makes these sea creatures such a vibrant hue, experts say a genetic mutation is responsible. The mutation causes the lobster’s body to overproduce a protein that creates the color.
An X user posted the picture of Anne and the lobster.
The pair were outside Tinker’s Island near the Roaring Bull area when Anne spotted something startlingly blue among the other crustaceans, according to the organization’s reports Marblehead Stream.
The couple confirmed to the newspaper that their blue lobster was the legal size to be kept. However, according to the news outlet, they had a moral problem with getting it out of the water.
Anne said she briefly wondered what the rare catch would look like on the wall. The Rodgers also considered selling it to the New England Aquarium or a fishmonger. However, Dave feared that profiting from the rare lobster might affect their luck in the future.
“We decided that with the storm approaching, it would be bad luck to keep the Blue Lobster. In the end we decided to throw the lobster back into the water,” Anne told the newspaper.
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