A fisherman caught a rare blue lobster and then later donated it to science.
Our world is full of magical creatures. No, not the wand-yielding, sermon-chanting ones but in terms of their truly original nature which would make us think their very existence involved some sort of sorcery. This rings true when you hear the story of this Canadian fisherman who caught an ultra-rare lobster that looks like blue cotton candy. Robin Russell, a fisherman of over 20 years, was on his usual fishing run off Grand Maman Island in Canada when he made this precious find. According to MyModernMet, as he retracted the net to collect his bounty, he found a whole bunch of lobsters, most of which looked completely ordinary, except for this stunning crustacean that had a translucent blue shell.
Being the veteran he is, Russell realized his latest find is nothing out of the ordinary so he named the colorful creature Luck and decided to donate it to the Huntsman Marine Science Center in New Brunswick, Canada, where researchers have studied it extensively. Lobsters have a peculiar reaction when cooked and tend to turn red, but they can have a lot of color variations on their shells. This isn't the first time Russell found a rare lobster either, he's apparently pulled yellow, orange, and blue ones from around the same spot.
There are calico and split tone lobsters as well but the chances of spotting these were easily one in 30 million and one in 50 million respectively, as told by the University of Maine Lobster Institute. In the case of Lucky, though, it's significantly rarer as lobsters of similar colors are only ever found once in every four or five years. Marine biologists speaking to TIME revealed the staggering chance of finding the "cotton candies" and its one in a hundred million find.
This makes us wonder, what's the reason behind Lucky's rare nature? Cynthia Callahan, a manager at Huntsman Marine Science Center reports that it could be the cause of a genetic mutation that causes different pigments in the shell to be expressed. This rare nature comes with existential threats too as they can't camouflage themselves like their peers due to their unique nature.
In the meantime, science continues to be puzzled by this amazing coloration and so researchers are hoping to observe Lucky as he grows in front of their eyes to better understand his situation. Lucky is also the second such lobster to be found. According to a CNN report, John McInnes, a fisherman from Maine also caught a rare blue one in Casco Bay, near Portland. As usual, he went on to deliver the same to a restaurant.
Instead of cooking it, the owner decided to save the precious creature. "I caught it last October, and it was too small to keep, and then I caught it again," McInnes said. "It was probably a mile and a half away from where I let it go. It didn't go far."
Going by this discovery, we are certain there are so many possibilities in this vast universe and we're only going to be wiser as the years roll by and we continue to find more such rare creatures.