Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 25, 2012

Rarity saves lobster from the pot

ROCKPORT, Mass. — At times, New England lobstermen may feel blue or even sing the blues, but earlier this week they were seeing blue.

In a rare moment, lobstermen found a blue one in their traps – a one in 5 to 10 million occurrence, according to marine biologist Steve Engstrome, the senior aquarist at Rye, N.H.'s Seacoast Science Center.

Blue lobsters are rare, but not the rarest. Albino lobsters, which present with no color at all, are estimated to occur once in 100 million lobsters. Yellow and orange are one in about 30 million.

In the end though, almost all turn red. Every color but white will turn the traditional color when boiled, according to William Alder, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association.

The blue lobster was donated to Maritime Gloucester in Gloucester, Mass.

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Details for this story were provided by the Gloucester (Mass.) Times.

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