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Rare orange lobsters show up at Maine shops

June 19, 2009
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PORTLAND, Maine—The odds of a lobsterman catching a bright-orange lobster are estimated at 2 million or more to one.

But at least three lobster retailers in Maine have found themselves with the rarity this week.

Bill Denley of Free Range Fish and Lobster in Portland says a lobsterman brought him an orange lobster this week that he's offering to the New England Aquarium to put on display.

Coincidentally, the nearby Portland Lobster seafood shop also has an orange lobster on display.

And in Lewiston, George Gendron of Gendron's Seafood says he came across an orange lobster when going through a crate of the crustaceans this week. He's offering it to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor.

Lobsters are typically a mottled greenish-brown, turning red when they are cooked.