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Maine Fisherman Catches a Once-in-a-Lifetime Lobster and Then Does it Again [PICS]

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Apparently this Maine fisherman should start playing the lottery after catching two rare-colored lobsters.

Some people get all the luck. Bill Coppersmith, of Windham, Maine, is one of those people.

In 1997, Coppersmith caught a very rare white (albino) lobster. It was said to be a 1-in-100 million catch. Most people would be pretty pleased with a catch like that and retire.

After all, how could you possibly catch something cooler and rarer than that?

orange lobster

Evidently, Coppersmith had different plans. While fishing recently in the Gulf of Maine with his sternman Brian Skillings, Coppersmith pulled up a bright orange lobster.

The executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, Robert Bayer, said it would be tough to estimate the odds of such a unique orange lobster. Bayer stated,

What the real numbers are, it’s a guess…It’s one in several million, there’s no doubt about that.

orange lobster

Coppersmith named the now-famous orange lobster after his four-year-old grandson. “Captain Eli” will be on display at the Fisherman’s Catch, a restaurant and seafood market in Raymond, Maine, run by Coppersmith’s son, Billy Jr.

The orange lobster will be housed there for about a month before it will be released back to the ocean depths.

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