A rare rainbow lobster was recently caught off the coast of Nova Scotia by lobster fisherman Captain Chad Graham.
Unusually colored lobsters are caught from time to time by lobster fisherman in different areas around the world. In the latest catch, a rare rainbow lobster is making waves on the Internet. The myriad of colors that make up the exoskeleton of this lobster specimen make it stand apart from other lobsters of strange color.
Instead of just being an unusual solid color, such as blue, yellow, or white, the rainbow lobster is a mixture of yellows, blues, greens, and purples. It looks a lot like the reflective colors that oil spilled in a parking lot makes.
Sailing out of Westport, Briar Island onboard the Chad and Sisters Two, Captain Graham made the remarkable catch out of the water near St. Mary’s Bay.
“He has caught all blue and yellow lobsters before, but this one was the most purple — with blues, yellow, and white — that’s he’s ever caught or seen,” Captain Graham’s sister Amanda Graham told CBC News.
After taking a few quick photos, Captain Graham tossed the rainbow lobster back into the water. It did not meet the size requirements for a legal lobster catch as enforced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The family has since been contacted by a university professor who expressed interest in studying the lobster, but did not know that it had been released.
Lobsters like this rainbow-colored crustacean are quite rare, yet not totally unheard of. One reason for this is that their unusual coloring makes it harder for them to camouflage themselves from predators. As for if an unusually colored lobster would taste any different, apparently they wouldn’t at all.
Boiling a blue, yellow, or rainbow lobster would still result in a red finish. The only exception to this would be a true albino lobster, which would lack any pigment at all.
Captain Graham catches oddly colored lobsters from time to time and believes they are caused by both genetics and proteins. However, before the rise of social media, the catches were rarely reported.
“It’s always been happening,” Amanda Graham said. “But back then they didn’t have social media to tell everyone about it.”