Pearlescent ‘ghost’ lobster caught by fisherman, who snaps a few shots and sends it back to sea

Lobsters usually have a brownish-red color. But in recent times, photos of lobsters with different colors have surfaced. One lobsterman, who thought he had seen it all, snagged a rare translucent lobster, one like no other. He called it “by far the weirdest one I’ve caught.”

Alex Todd, a 48-year-old lobsterman, caught a lobster off the coast of Chebeague Island, Maine, on Aug. 24. “The days of the haul were both normal, but as soon as the trap came out of the water the bizarre lobster was noticeable,” Todd told The Dodo. The lobster was almost translucent.

Despite having caught all sorts of lobsters, even “half red, half blue” ones, this was probably by far the most unusual crustacean he has ever seen. How did the lobster get its pearlescent white color? According to a Facebook post by the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association: “a normal lobster gets its color by mixing yellow, blue, and red protein pigments. Through different genetic mutations you can get a blue, yellow, or red (uncooked) lobster. You can also get strange mixtures of those colors as well.”

“This lobster probably has a genetic condition called Leucism which isn’t a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but instead a partial loss. This is why you can still see some hints of blue on the shell and color on the eyes,” the post added.

Todd took a few photos and decided to send it back to where it belongs. “It was a v-notched female—which means it had eggs at one time and thus must be set free to breed. That’s why I had to throw it back,” he said.

“Being as unusual as it is, I wouldn’t have sold or cooked it either way,” he added.


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