Photo credit: Owls Head Lobster Company via Elizabeth Watkinson
What marine animal is 1 in 100 million?
An albino lobster!
As most people know animals that are considered albino are completely white or very light in color. Albinism is caused by a genetic defect that reduces or stops the production of melanin.
At the beginning of September not only one but two albino lobsters were caught within a few days of each other!
Two lobstermen in Maine were lucky enough to catch and see these rare creatures with their own eyes. Both of the lobsters were not large enough to legally keep but the Maine Marine Patrol made an exception.
The lobsters were both brought to Owl’s Head Lobster Co. One of the lobsters will be taken to Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor and the other will go to Brooks Trap Mill in Thomaston.
There are other rare lobsters but an albino is the rarest you can find.
Check out some other lobster statistics:
- Blue lobster – 1 in 2 million
- Live red lobster – 1 in 10 million
- Yellow lobster – 1 in 30 million
- Calico lobster – 1 in 30 million
- Split colored lobster – 1 in 50 million
- Albino lobster – 1 in 100 million
You can see how catching two albino lobsters in one week is absolutely incredible!