No need to adjust your monitors, folks. The lobster you’re looking at definitely isn’t red.
Two extremely rare crustaceans were pulled from the waters of Nova Scotia over the long weekend. One, nicknamed “Blueberry,” was caught on May 20 near Cape Breton, while a second was discovered only days later, on May 23 in Low Point, N.S.
The odds of catching just one of these blue lobsters is roughly one in two million. So the fact that two turned up in the same area, on the same weekend, is so improbable that we’re a little surprised the universe didn’t implode on itself as a result.
Lifelong fishermen Blaine Marsh and Scott MacKinnon were the ones responsible for the second catch, which occurred about 150 km away from the first one. And while Blueberry was released back into the ocean the same day it was caught, the pair believes they couldn’t have possibly hauled in the same crustacean because of their differences in size.
“No, because their lobster was undersized and ours was a pound and a half,” MacKinnon said.
The bright blue colour is the result of a genetic mutation that causes the lobsters to produce higher levels of a certain protein than normal. The last time one was found in the province was in 2013, off the coast of Donkin.
Fortunately, the remaining blue lobster — nicknamed Opal — will not end up on a dinner plate. MacKinnon has plans to release the little guy at the end of lobster season on July 14.
“The old people say [the lobster means] good luck and prosperity for the boat,” he explained. “No chance on eating it, no. We’re going to send the good luck back to the ocean.”
Given the odds, that’s likely the last time we’ll ever see him. You can see Opal for yourself in the video above.