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Man Can’t Believe What He Pulled From The Water - Tells His Wife To Rush Over (Photos)

A one-in-a-million blue lobster was brought in by a Cape Cod lobsterman this summer. This crustacean is a particularly intense shade of deep periwinkle blue.

Long-time lobsterman Wayne Nickerson caught the rare colored lobster. Wayne’s wife Jan Nickerson named the mid-sized 1.5 lb crustacean Bleu.

When he saw the prize lobster, an excited Wayne called his wife, Jan Nickerson, and asked her to meet him down at the dock.

“He let out a loud exclamation of excitement,” she commented in an interview. “He was very clear about how excited he was.”

Surprisingly, it turns out this is actually the second rare blue crustacean Wayne Nickerson has caught. The first time was in 1990, his wife explained.

The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine notes that blue lobsters only happen in around one in two million births.

The bright blue color of these lobsters is caused by a genetic defect, resulting in production of a protein that causes the blue pigment in the shell.

In an interesting piece of trivia, it seems bright red, yellow, or calico lobsters are even rarer than blue lobsters.

Jan Nickerson noted that the Bleu is currently living in a holding tank, but they are planning to donate the lucky lobster to the New England Aquarium in Boston.

Source: ABC News
Photo: Boston Globe, Jan Nickerson

A blue lobster!

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