Extremely Rare White Lobsters Found Off Maine Coast

In this photo provided by Owls Head Lobster Company, two albino lobsters sit in a crate with other lobsters at Owls Head Lobster Company in Owls Head, Maine.
In this photo provided by Owls Head Lobster Company, two albino lobsters sit in a crate with other lobsters at Owls Head Lobster Company in Owls Head, Maine. –(AP Photo/Owls Head Lobster Company, Elizabeth Watkinson)

We’ve all heard about the two great white shark sightings off the New England coast this summer, but what about the white lobsters?

Not one but two of the extremely rare mutations were found off the Maine coast this week — and it’s no small coincidence, considering the genetic abnormality is estimated to appear in only 1 out of every 100 million lobsters.

Lobsterman Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater earlier this week, with Bret Philbrick catching the second off of Owls Head on Thursday, The Portland Press Herald reported.

One of the creatures will go to Main State Aquarium while the second will be donated to lobster supply store Brooks Trap Mill.

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One expert told the paper he wasn’t sure the specimens were bona fide albino lobsters — he notes both have a slight bluish hue to their shells — but still noted the find was a “big deal,’’ even if the lobsters aren’t 100% white.

Lobsters come in other colors, too: blue lobsters are found in around one in five million of the creatures, while yellow and orange are seen in about one in 30 million.

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