Offbeat Fisherman Catches Rare 'Cotton Candy' Lobster, Donates It to Aquarium

09:15  10 july  2018
09:15  10 july  2018 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Lucky, a cotton candy -colored lobster , has been turning heads ever since he was caught off the coast of Canada's Grand Manan Island last month. As The Dodo reports, the rare blue-pink crustacean has since been donated to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in New Brunswick, where he continues

A rare , cotton candy -colored lobster that was caught near Maine’s border with Canada escaped Canadian fisherman Robinson Russell, 38, caught the lobster off Grand Manan Island in December and decided to donate the 2-pound crustacean to an aquarium in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.

Fisherman Catches Rare 'Cotton Candy' Lobster, Donates It to Aquarium © Huntsman Marine Science Centre Fisherman Catches Rare 'Cotton Candy' Lobster, Donates It to Aquarium Lucky, a cotton candy-colored lobster, has been turning heads ever since he was caught off the coast of Canada's Grand Manan Island last month.

As The Dodo reports, the rare blue-pink crustacean has since been donated to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in New Brunswick, where he continues to dazzle visitors.

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"If all of this attention is making Lucky blush, exactly what color would he turn?" the Marine Centre wrote in a Facebook post about Lucky's newfound fame.

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A rare , cotton candy -colored lobster caught near Maine last year escaped the cook pot and is taking up residence at a Canadian aquarium . A 'One-in-100 Million' Cotton Candy -Colored Lobster Was Found Near Maine. By Eli Meixler.

A 2 lb. cotton candy -colored lobster was discovered last November by a Canadian fisherman and it 's just making the rounds on social media now. Previously: Rare translucent 'ghost' lobster caught by Maine lobsterman. image via Robinson Russell.

Robinson Russell, the fisherman who caught the crustacean and donated it to the aquarium, said, "I have been fishing for over 20 years and it’s the first one I’ve ever seen of that color."

Researchers with the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine told The Dodo that a lobster of Lucky's pigmentation is roughly one in 100 million, making it just as rare as an albino lobster. By another estimate, lobsters like Lucky turn up once every four to five years.

Researchers says the coloring is caused by a genetic mutation that affects pigments in the lobster's shell. Most lobsters tend to be gray or brown—turning red only when boiled—but yellow, bright orange, and blue lobsters have all been spotted in the past.

Check out National Geographic's video below to see Lucky on the move. 

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