photo credit: Facebook / Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Captain Daryl Dunham was fishing off the coast of Stonigham, Maine in September (2019) when he captured an incredibly rare lobster split with half orange and half black colors.
The pigmentation colors of the lobster is perfectly symmetrical and will only happen to one out of every fifty million lobsters. Daryl was very excited when he found the crustacean and immediately brought it to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries for them to take a look at.
The Center was so impressed they offered to put it on display in their educational center, Discovery Wharf, in which Daryl agreed to. The orange and back lobster was then put into a tank that had three other super rare lobsters.
One of the lobsters was blue which has a one in 2 million chance of being found. The other two lobsters are calico lobsters that are black and have orange spots everywhere, which have a one in 30 million chances of being caught. What’s even more staggering is scientists say that the chances of having all four of these lobsters sharing a tank together is about a one in 30 octillion chance.
According to the report, CoastalFisheries.org shared on their website the Center plans to keep the orange and black lobster on display for a while so people can view and touch the majestic creature. Later it will be released back into the New England bay where it was captured.
The Center also released a statement saying they’d like fishermen to let them know if they happen to find any more rare lobsters they can put on display at their educational center.
“If a local fisherman finds a unique lobster (such as a blue or two-toned lobster, etc.), they are welcome to donate it to our marine touch tank for educational purposes,” the Center told WTHR, according to The Epoch Times.