Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in Maine

first_img A fisherman had a one-in-50-million find when he discovered a rare, two-colored lobster off the coast of Maine on Friday.Daryl Dunham, captain of the fishing vessel Force of Habit, discovered the lobster, which appears half-red and half-black, and handed it over to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). New Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By ScientistsWatch: Archaeologists Explore 170-Year-Old Shipwreck ‘Frozen in Time’ Stay on targetcenter_img “We’ve seen some pretty cool lobsters in our marine touch tank over the years, but this one might be a first,” the organization said on Facebook.The MCCF is housing the unique, male “Chimera lobster” in a tank at the center’s Discovery Wharf in Stonington alongside three other rare lobsters — including a calico (they’re one in 30 million) and a blue lobster (one in 2 million) — where visitors can view and feel its rare shell.In October, the organization will release it back into the New England bay where it was caught.The lobster’s colors are split right down its middle. One one side is a bright red and the other side is black. Experts say the two-tone color may be caused by a genetic mutation — a cellular split when the eggs are first fertilized.The split occurs one in every 50 million lobsters, according to National Geographic.“This is a first for many of our staff… we’ve been marveling at it since it arrived,” the MCCF said.More on Geek.com:Angler Catches Bizarre Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New YorkNewly Discovered Fish Is Named After Gollum of ‘The Lord of the Rings’Researchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable Plasticlast_img