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Fisherman Catches then Releases Rare Blue Lobster

A fisherman/lobsterman by the name of Tony Burnham caught a rare blue lobster during a routine fishing outing in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He went out Friday the 16th, and was amazed at the rare catch. After photographing the lobster, he released it back into the water.

Images of the rare catch were shared by Captain Joe and Sons‘ Facebook page.

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The odds of catching a blue lobster is about one in 2 million. So what makes it blue?

What makes a lobster blue?

That’s because of an abundance of a protein from a genetic defect. It’s all in how the specific proteins binds in their shells that cause it to have a different color. It’s incredibly rare and very beautiful. Some have been sold to high end restaurants for over $500.

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