A rare blue lobster got a kiss on the shell and a second life Friday after lobster fishermen threw it back in the ocean off western P.E.I.
But not before they took a moment to admire it.
“It was pretty admirable, for sure,” said Donnie Falcon, who fishes out of Skinners Pond. “We were all pretty excited.”
The odds of catching a blue lobster are about one in two million, according to researchers. There were about 15 lobsters in Falcon’s trap, but the blue one stuck out “like a sore thumb.”
“I haven’t seen blue like that,” Falcon said.
When they measured the carapace, it was 76 millimetres, one millimetre shy of the allowable size of 77.
So after taking a few pictures, the fishermen bid the lobster “good luck” and threw it back into the water.
“Each of us gave it a kiss and sent her back,” Falcon said.
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