A rare blue lobster has been caught off the Canadian coast by a fisherman in southwest Nova Scotia. The man currently has the lobster in his possession and is unsure of what to do with it.
According to CBC News, the catch was actually made last month. Bobby Stoddard, of Barrington, discovered the bright blue lobster in his trap while fishing southwest of Cape Sable Island.
"There was three or four other lobsters in the trap when it came up," Stoddard said. A member of the fishing crew noticed a "pretty one" in the group and picked it up to show the rest of his coworkers.
Stoddard describes the richness of the blue, "Even overtop his eyes and underneath, he's just really blue."
In his 33 years of fishing this was the first blue lobster Stoddard had ever seen, he told CNN. "And my dad has been a lobsterman of about 55 years, and he caught one about 45 years ago, but hadn't seen one since."
Blue lobsters are pretty rare. Several media outlets report the University of Maine's Lobster Institute reports only one in two million lobsters are blue in color. The organization says the bright blue is caused by a genetic defect in which an excessive amount of a protein is produced, resulting in the unique color for the crustacean.
Stoddard offered the blue beauty to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, but reportedly they turned the offer down. He then posted the lobster online for sale on Kajiji.com, with the condition it was not to be eaten by the buyer. Stoddard said he'd release the lobster back into the Atlantic Ocean instead. However, he decided to pull that ad after he got some "weird" responses and some of the calls reprimanded him for trying to sell the distinctive lobster.
"I'm kind of a shy guy," Stoddard said. "When things get controversial, I kind of go hide. This is what I do for a living; I catch lobsters and sell them. I'm just trying to do the right thing. I thought, 'I just don't need this hassle.' "
So for now, Stoddard has the blue beauty in a tank, unsure of what to do with it. Due to its rarity, he would like people to see it, but is also thinking maybe the lobster should be released back into the sea.
Although, it seems while a rare occurrence, coming across blue lobsters occasionally happens. In June 2011 a fisherman caught a blue lobster off the coast of Prince Edward Island.
In Feb. Digital Journal reported on a 27-pound lobster that was caught in Maine; it was later released back into the Atlantic.