Fisherman Catches, Donates Bizarre Lobster

New Hampshire 'calico' is a rarity

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 31, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – A New Hampshire fisherman caught an extremely rare lobster, though the creature gets to live out its days at an aquarium rather than ending up as somebody's dinner. Josiah Beringer tells Seacoast Online that he found the calico lobster—it's bright orange, with dark blue spots—in a trap on July 23 in the mouth of New Hampshire's Hampton Harbor. He then donated the 1.5-pound, 5-year-old male to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton. The aquarium's Ellen Goethel says calico lobsters are the second rarest in the world, after albino lobsters. She says the spots are the result of a genetic pigmentation mutation occurring in 1 in every 30 million to 50 million lobsters. (Click to see a red king crab that's actually blue.)

The calico lobster at the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H.
The calico lobster at the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H.   (Deb Cram)
Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and owner of Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H., holds the calico lobster.
Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and owner of Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H., holds the calico lobster.   (Deb Cram)
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