A rare two-tone lobster has been donated to the University of New England’s Marine Science Center in Biddeford.

The half-orange, half-brown crustacean is considered to be a one-in-50 million catch, according to UNE. By comparison, Blue lobsters are one-in-two million and Albino lobsters are the rarest at one-in-100 million. UNE became home to a one-in-30 million yellow lobster in February.

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The split-colored lobster was given the the school late last week by Eric Payne from Inland Seafood Corporation in South Portland.

“We are honored that local lobstermen entrust these rare animals to UNE’s Marine Science Center where we will use them in our teaching and outreach activities,” Markus Frederich, Ph.D., assistant professor of marine sciences, said in a news release.

While rare, lobsters with unusual coloring are landed in Maine every year, and often end up in laboratory tanks to be studied or displayed.


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