Sunday, 5 June 2011

Blue Lobster

A blue lobster was caught Wednesday off the shores of Prince Edward Island, Canada, the only one since 2009. An estimated one 4 million lobsters is blue. A genetic defect causes a blue lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein. The protein and a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin combine to form a blue complex known as crustacyanin, giving the lobster its blue color.

Blair Doucette, the fisherman who nabbed the beauty, says he has never caught a blue lobster in his 30 years of fishing. He is considering donating the lobster to a local aquarium.

(via Neatorama)

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