In the UK, a fisherman pulled a blue lobster into his nets. This is a very rare specimen as only one in two million lobsters are said to be this color.
Tom Lambourn is a fisherman living in Newlyn, a port town in Cornwall, UK.
Earlier this month, the 25-year-old caught a strange animal: a blue lobster. Following this extraordinary discovery, Tom Lambourn rushed to photograph the crustacean before releasing it into the sea.
“This is only my second fishing season, so I think I was very lucky. Because of its small size, I preferred to put it back in the water. If it had been bigger, I would have taken it to the national hatchery, ”the young fisherman told the Daily Mail.
After the surprise effect, the latter sent the photographs of his capture to the National Lobster Hatchery: “This is a rather rare color (…) That is why we were surprised when Tom sent us the photos,” said the establishment’s spokesman.
The blue lobster: a very rare specimen
For his part, the manager of the hatchery considers it very rare and very interesting to see a blue lobster. This type of crustacean has a rare genetic defect that gives it that incredible blue color.
According to scientists, only one in two million lobsters is blue. This physical peculiarity can be dangerous for the lobster. In fact, the colorful animal is easy prey for predators, especially fish, anemones, octopuses, and other crustaceans.
“I suspect that there are more blue lobsters than we think hatch but do not survive because they become targets of predators,” said Professor Ronald Christensen of the University of Connecticut.
In most cases, fishermen who catch blue lobsters think it is a sign of luck.