Blue lobsters are quite a big deal to those who catch lobsters for a living. The rare find is one that is to be valued and appreciated because they only come once in a great while. It’s kind of like when you win some cash on a lottery ticket or scratch card.
So, when Maine lobsterman, Alex Todd pulled in a lobster that was translucent, he was quite surprised. The seasoned lobsterman had pulled in blues and half blue/half orange lobster in the past, but never a lobster that looked so eerie and ghostlike. The ghost lobster that he pulled up on August 24th had a slight blue hue to it, but it was mostly see-through. The odd-colored lobster was obvious amongst the normal orange and brown toned ones in his trap and he knew that something was weird.
Because the lobster was an egg-bearing female, he had to toss it back into the ocean, as they are off limits due to conservation reasons. But that didn’t stop him from taking several photos of the prized lobster.
Todd, who is from Chebeauge Island, posted the photos of the “ghost lobster,” on social media and has been shared thousands of times. Since the lobster is an egg-bearing female it will be interesting to see if she breeds more translucent lobsters.
Believe it or not, lobsters come in more shade varieties than we usually think of.
Lobsters known as The Cape Lobster, are found in the waters around South Africa and while they are most commonly seen as red, there have been several of them discovered that have been shades of yellow, olive and brown. Because that specific type of lobster is so rare, it’s hard to say what the most normal color is.
And while most lobsters are depicted as being bright red, the majority of Maine lobsters, are greenish-brown color. Of course, with the exception of the few blue finds and this one special ghost lobster. People tend to think of them as bright red because that is usually the color they are when they are served up on a platter in front of them.
As far as pigmentation goes, all lobster shells are a mix of blue, red and yellow pigments, also known as chromatophores. These mixes vary much in the same way as the hair and skin tones in humans vary. Rarely, are there two people who have the exact same shade of skin tone or hair color and it is one of the reasons why we are all so unique…just like lobsters!
The shells of lobsters thicken soon after molting and those who are darker in color, tend to be more hard shelled than others. When lobsters first shed their exoskeletons, they have a much softer shell.
According to scientists, lobsters have always been popping up in a variety of colors, but in recent years we’ve seen an influx of their presence due to the fact that we have access to camera phones and we can share our finds on social media.