A Connecticut fisherman could not believe his eyes when he pulled up one of his traps and found a rare yellow lobster inside.
Jere Lacoske said he caught the very unusual crustacean along the coast of Black Point in Niantic, Connecticut, an area he has fished in for the past 10 years.
“First I thought it was a joke,” Lacoske told WTNH News 8. “... Is it cooked or is it plastic? And then it was in with six other lobsters so it was kind of hiding in the corner.”
The 1.25-pound creature’s yellow-orange coloring made it look like it was already cooked.
“It’s a female lobster,” Lacoske explained. “I mean, she’s in great shape. She’s very, as you see, she’s very active.”
The unique coloring is caused by a rare genetic mutation that alters pigmentation.
“The gene functions similarly to the gene that governs eye color variation in humans,” Cathy Billings, associate director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, told the Hartford Courant.
There is a 1 in 30 million chance of finding a yellow lobster. Blue lobsters are also rare, appearing in 1 out of 2 million lobsters. The rarest catch is an albino lobster, estimated at only 1 in 100 million.
Lacoske says he wants to give the lobster to Project Oceanography, where it can be viewed by the public.
“See if they’ll take it down there and show the kids down there for a while at least,” said Lacoske.
However, if they are not interested, he says he will release it back into the water.