August 31, 2013

Two-tone lobster called one in 50 million

The Associated Press

Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. But one on display at a Portland research facility has all of those turning green with envy.

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This Aug. 17, 2013 photo provided by Ship to Shore Lobster Co., shows a two-toned lobster caught by lobsterman Jeff Edwards in Owl's Head, Maine. The lobster company donated the half orange, half brown crustacean to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, where it is on display in Portland. (AP Photo/Ship to Shore Lobster Co., Elsie Mason)

The lobster at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is half orange and half brown.

The lobster was caught by lobsterman Jeff Edwards and was donated by Ship to Shore Lobster Co. in Owl's Head.

Research Institute spokesman Steven Profaizer says it's being kept in a tank used by the LabVenture education experience. For the program, the institute transports about 10,000 students each year.

As for the lobster, it is indeed rare. The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine tells WMTW-TV this type of two-tone lobster is one in 50 million. Only albino lobsters are rarer.

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