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Rare Two-Tone Lobster Caught in Maine

Update Date: Aug 31, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
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Even though lobsters usually come in the blackish, slightly greenish-brown color, fishermen have seen a fair share of abnormal lobsters. Over the past years, fishermen have found blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. As amazing as these lobsters are, one Maine fisherman might have made the caught of the year. Fisherman Jeff Edwards caught a two-tone black and orange lobster. This type of coloration on a lobster is believed to only exist in one out of every 50 million of these sea creatures.  

"It looked as if someone had taken painter's tape and run it from proboscis to tail, then spray-painted one side. It's a perfectly straight line," said Alan Lishness, of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. "You don't usually see such hard edges in nature."

"We've had blue ones and calico ones, but we'd never seen anything like this," said Anna Mason the co-owner of the Ship to Shore Lobster Co., a local fisherman's wharf.

Affter the amazing find, the lobster was then donated by the Ship to Shore Lobster Co. in Owl's Head to be put on display at a Portland research facility. The lobster is now living in a tank that is used by the LabVenture education experience according to the Research Institute spokesman Steven Profaizer. This program at the institute helps transports around 10,000 students every year.

"This one [lobster] just stops people in their tracks," added Lishness. "Even people who've seen thousands of lobsters just can't believe it."

This type of two-tone lobster is extremely rare with only the albino lobster being a rarer find. 

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