The Department of Extraordinary Lobsters just gained a new member. This colorful calico crustacean was caught in a trap off the coast of Maine by Josiah Beringer, Captain of the fishing vessel Patricia Lynn. Captain Beringer donated the lobster to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, New Hampshire, where the 1.5 lb male lobster immediately became a main attraction. However he’s only going to live at the oceanarium until Labor Day. After that he’ll be released back into the ocean.
This calico coloring is an extremely rare occurrence:
Naturally brownish green, lobsters can come in a variety of colors, including blue, two-toned—with colors split strikingly down the middle—and albino, which may be as rare as 1 in 100 million.
According to Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and oceanarium director, the chance of finding a calico lobster is between 1 in 30 million and 1 in 50 million, according to some estimates.
Head over to National Geographic to learn more about this captivating crustacean and scientists’ theories about how he came to have such an unusual shell.
[via National Geographic and the Star-Telegram]