Man Finds Rare Calico Lobster, Gives It to New Hampshire Aquarium (PHOTOS)

Rare Calico Lobster Found and Given to New Hampshire Aquarium
Calico lobster
Portsmouth Herald/Deb Cram/AP

07/31/2014 AT 02:30 PM EDT

A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that's bright orange with dark blue spots.

Josiah Beringer found the calico lobster in a trap on July 23 in the mouth of New Hampshire's Hampton Harbor. He donated the 1.5-pound, 5-year-old male lobster to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton.

Beringer tells the Portsmouth Herald the lobster was found in an area known as Washerwoman Rock, an area between two rocks that gets its name from its "really rough" and "washing machine"-like waters.

Man Finds Rare Calico Lobster, Gives It to New Hampshire Aquarium (PHOTOS)| Animals & Pets, Exotic Animals & Pets

Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and owner of Explore the Ocean World, holding the oceanarium's new calico lobster

Portsmouth Herald / Deb Cram / AP

The aquarium's Ellen Goethel says calico lobsters are the second rarest in the world, after albino lobsters. She says the spots are the result of a genetic pigmentation mutation occurring in 1 in every 30 million to 50 million lobsters.




Man Finds Rare Calico Lobster, Gives It to New Hampshire Aquarium (PHOTOS)| Animals & Pets, Exotic Animals & Pets

Migaloo the albino humpback whale

Lisa Skelton


Want more stories like this?

Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers:

sign me up

Thank you for signing up!



Share this story:

Your reaction:

blog comments powered by Disqus
advertisement

From Our Partners

From Our Partners