Shell surprised! The rare translucent lobster of 100 million to 1 caught off the coast of Maine is LAUNCHED AGAIN to the Atlantic
- A Maine fisher caught an extremely rare lobster but it will not be eaten
- Mike Billings said he threw a translucent white lobster caught on Tuesday
- He decided to throw it back into the sea near Stonington because it was too small
- The albino lobster seems translucent because it has no pigment in its shell
A Maine fisherman says he caught a rare, almost transparent "ghost lobster," and then tossed the crustacean into the ocean because it was too small to hold it.
Mike Billings dragged the lobster on Tuesday morning off the coast of Stonington.
The odds of landing an albino lobster or & # 39; ghost & # 39; they are from 100 million to 1.
The unique coloration of the lobster is probably caused by a genetic condition that results in the partial loss of pigmentation called Leucism.
A Maine fisher caught a lobster & # 39; ghost & # 39; extremely rare It will not be eaten due to its size
Billings says he took pictures of the lobster, and then threw it back into the ocean according to The Portland Press Herald.
He said the lobster was too small to keep, so he threw it overboard.
The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association wrote: "This lobster probably has a genetic condition called Leucism that is not a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but a partial loss.
"That's why you can still see some touches of blue in the shell and color in the eyes."
Add: A normal lobster acquires its color by mixing yellow, blue and red protein pigments.
Mike Billings said he threw a translucent white lobster that he caught on Tuesday
"Through different genetic mutations you can get a blue, yellow or red lobster (uncooked). You can also get strange mixtures of those colors too.
This is not Billings' first encounter with the odd lobster, as he caught a blue claw in 2014. A rare calico lobster in 2014, the same year he caught one with a blue claw.
The pincher's claw seemed to be small for the size of the lobster, which means that the original claw was probably destroyed and a blue claw was regenerated instead. The same year, he caught a rare calico lobster.
The albino lobster seems translucent because it has no pigment in its shell