An extremely rare purple lobster has been caught off the coast of Winter Harbor (Maine)
According to specialists, this is a one-in-a-million catch.
Through the years, marine biologists have seen blue, yellow and red lobsters; but the purple variety is unique.
“Blue lobsters show up frequently, sometimes red, sometimes yellow and even white. A blue and red variation that we call purple is not impossible… But it’s a one-in-a-million catch,” said Professor Robert Steneck of the University of Maine.
Most American lobsters are dark bluish green to greenish brown.
Rarely, a genetic disorder will cause a lobster to create a protein that causes unusual coloration, such as blue, yellow, orange or even purple.
They’re all pretty rare, and their bright colors make it harder for them to hide from predators.
The rarest lobster is the white or albino lobster, which occurs in only 1 in 100 million lobsters.