A fisherman discovered a blue lobster extremely rare in the Cornish coast in England, which he photographed before returning it to the sea. “One in two million “the man said in reference to the strange discovery.
Is about Tom lambourn, 25, from Newlyn, who was fishing off the coastal town of Penzance when he captured the colorful crustacean of one meter long in your lobster trap.
The fisherman photographed the rare creature and noticed that it was “too small” to take it, so he chose to return it to the waters it belonged to. In addition, he assured that so far “I’ve never seen one of this color before.”
“It was only my second fishing season so I think I was very lucky. I measured it and it was not the right size so I never thought about keeping itHe told the British newspaper Daily Mail.
“If it had been bigger I would have worn it. I sent the photos to the company where I work and they told me it was one in two million, so it’s very special, ”he said.
Of Padstow National Lobster Hatchery (Cornwall) expressed the strangeness of the fisherman’s find: “It’s a pretty rare color to find, one in two million chance, so we were surprised when Tom sent us the picture”.
For its part, Ben marshall, supervisor of the national lobster hatchery, acknowledged the rarity of finding this species and expressed his opinion: “It is very, very rare and very interesting to see a blue lobster.”
Blue lobsters have a different pigmentation in their shells, which means that they have a lot more trouble camouflaging themselves, they are therefore easy prey, “Which reduces their number.
In 2005, the Professor Ronald Christensen, University of Connecticut, discovered that blue lobsters acquired their color as a result of genetic defect. The fault makes lobsters producing excessive levels of a protein which combines with a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin.
This forms a blue complex called crustacyanin and this is what gives lobsters their unusual color. Dr Christensen then said: “I suspect more blue lobsters are being hatched than we thinkbut they don’t survive because they become the main target of predators ”.
In 2016, the fisherman Keith setter captured a blue lobster in Ladram bay, off the coast of Devon, before putting it back to sea. And in 2011, two fishermen from Dorset, also in England, managed to catch an albino, or “crystal” lobster, near Portland Bill before delivering the rare creatures to a specialized research center.