Blue lobster saved from the plate, given to aquarium
A 14-year-old girl from Maine had a great morning at sea when she pulled up something she's never caught before -– a rare blue lobster.
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Meghan LaPlante's catch quickly made national headlines because of how rare it is to actually catch a blue lobster. Experts estimate only one in two million lobsters is blue.
That is worth celebrating -- but it's become more common in recent years to catch a variety of these rare-colored lobsters.
Time reports a couple theories for a perceived increase of unusual catches -- including how viral the pictures can go.
Maybe we're catching more out-of-the-ordinary crustaceans simply because we're catching more of them overall, Time proposed.
The outlet also notes this trend might be an illusion -- looks like there's another mystery to add to the vast sea. Something we can't leave unsolved, though, is what makes them blue.
National Geographic tells us it's simply genetics. "The lobster's body makes too much of a certain protein, which turns its shell blue."
Just like that lobster, Meghan isn't ordinary either.
The Portland Press Herald reports, "She has a student lobstering license that allows her to set 150 traps a year."
She even has her own business called Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch which she's managed for the past eight years. That's a lot to take on for a 14-year-old.
In case anyone was wondering, blue lobsters still turn red when boiled, and taste just like any other lobster.
Meghan's lobster, which she named Skyler, won't be suffering that fate though. She's giving him to the Maine State Aquarium where he will be in good company. There are three blue lobsters already living there.
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