SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.
WCSH-TV (on.wcsh6.com... ) reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. LaPlante and daughter Meghan were hauling traps when she discovered the bright blue critter.
The story has a happy ending for the lobster. Meghan says she is naming it Skyler and donating it to the Maine State Aquarium, far from any dinner rolls or pats of butter. The aquarium says it has three other blue lobsters and an orange one.
LaPlante says it's the first time he has caught a blue lobster.
However, some of the blue, brown, green, red, and black tones can be genetic or they can have other causes. In some instances lighter/darker shades can be influenced by diet, sunlight, and bottom type. For example, if you put a blue lobster in a holding system and its color becomes normal over a period of time, that lobster is undoubtedly not a 'igenetic blue." It was probably blue as a result of a dietary deficiency.
Lobsters get their characteristic color, not only from genctics, but, also from the foods they eat. A natural-colored lobster fed a diet of squid will turn blue. A lobster deprived of all prey that eat phytoplankton (floating plantlike critters) appears pale blue.
Lobsters need to eat things that eat plants to get a carotenoid (pigment found in carrots) called astaxanthin (relative of pigment found in carrots), which binds to a protein in the lobster's shell. If lobsters do not get carotenoids from their diet, they can not bind the pigment because only plants can manufacture carotenoids.
The protein to which astaxanthin binds in natural-colored lobsters is blue in lobster shells and green in lobster eggs. When the astaxanthin is not in the diet, would-be natural colored lobsters appear blue because the blue pigment in the protein expresses itself.
originally posted by: sicksonezer0
Thats incredible. Im glad to see they are going to keep it in the aquarium, I wish they could just set it free though...but it could be captured again and not be so lucky. Im happy for the lobster.
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
That's awesome. I have a friend who works at a lobster restaurant on Bar Harbor, he'd think he was hallucinating.
Ever see bilateral gynandromorphs? They're animals that are male on one side and female on the other. I read about a lobster they caught a few years ago it was a BG. S + F I love nature, can't get enough of it.
originally posted by: da pickles
What colour are lobsters out there normally then? All lobsters caught around here are blue except the odd albino
originally posted by: Ektar
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe
Thank you for an awesome story. I have never heard of
a blue lobster nor any of the other color varieties.
I wonder if the color will return to normal since it
will be fed a nutritious diet.