Blue Lobster Found By 14 Year Old Girl In Maine
Not too long ago in the 17th and 18th century Lobsters were treated as "garbage" food and given to servants and prisoners. Two-hundred or so years can make a big difference as these days, Lobsters are food fit for a King. One of the world's most prized Lobsters was just found by a 14 year old girl near Portland, Maine.
The lobster was a rare blue lobster which had an extremely brilliant royal blue color to it's shell which is caused by a genetic defect. The Maine Lobster Institute says that the Blue Lobster is rare enough that you can expect to only find about one in two million lobsters. They explain that, "The coloration comes from a genetic defect that caused the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein that gives the lobster that unique coloration.
The girl that found the blue lobster owns her own company which is called Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch and is based out of Pine Point in Scarborough. Meghan LaPlante works with her dad with a student lobstering license and will soon become lobster fisherman with a commercial license and be able to set more traps. After all the buzz around the rare lobster, Meghan and her dad Jay LaPlante have decided to donate it to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.
There are lobsters that are more rare than a blue lobster. According to the Maine Lobster Institute they are a red lobster which is one in 10 million lobsters, a yellow lobster which is one in 30 million lobsters and calico lobsters which are one in 30 million as well. There have been recent catches of the rare calico lobster in New Hampshire when Josiah Beringer found a 1.5 pound calico and donated it to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium.