Rare Two-Toned Lobster Caught By Lobsterman Ben Murdock In Maine (PHOTOS)

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A Maine lobsterman caught a rare lobster last week that looks like it was half-cooked.

According to the Huffington Post, Ben Murdock, a 30-year-old fisherman and captain of the Arielle Hope ship, caught the two-toned female crustacean near Monhegan Island, Maine.

Murdock threw the half-orange, half-brown lobster back into the ocean because she was too short to keep legally, Ben's brother and lobster dealer, Kyle Murdock, said.

"No matter how rare, a good lobsterman throws back an illegal lobster," Kyle, 25, told the Huffington Post.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute told the Bangor Daily News last year that the chances of finding a half-and-half lobster are 1 in 50 million.

However, Diane Cowan, executive director of the Lobster Conservancy in Friendship, Maine, told HuffPost that it's hard to know exactly how rare Murdock's catch might be because the number given by the institute is “pure guesswork.”

The creature isn't completely split symmetrically. Cowan says the lobster looks like a bilateral colormorph, which means it is split down the middle into two colors, but the lobster's dorsal side is discolored with spots to be considered really bilateral.

Last September, another type of two-tone lobster was caught by Jeff Edwards, a lobsterman from Owl's Head, Maine. The Ship to Shore Lobster Co. donated the lobster to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, where it is on display in Portland, according to the Daily Mail.

A different split-colored lobster was caught off the Massachusetts in October 2012, this time in Salem, Mass., where a 1-pound lobster was given to the New England Aquarium.

(Photos via Huffington Post)