“Skyler,” the rare blue lobster named by Meghan LaPlante and her father, will be donated to the Maine State Aquarium.
This blue lobster was caught south of Portland, Maine and drew quite a bit of attention when 14-year old LaPlante found it in one of her family’s traps. Apparently it will be among peers at the state aquarium in Maine, where three other blue lobsters and an orange one share a tank.
Here’s a quick CBS This Morning spot on the lobster.
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An estimated one in two million lobsters are blue, according to the University of Maine. A genetic mutation causes a blue lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein. The protein and a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin combine to form a blue complex known as crustacyanin, giving the lobster its blue color.
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