The lobsterman, Bill Coppersmith, caught this rare variety on Nov. 5 in Casco Bay. Lobsters with this type of colouring are more visible to predators, so, the fishing firm has opted to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center instead of releasing it.
What exactly is a cotton candy lobster?
Cotton candy lobsters have purple and blue colors, and the chances of seeing this color are one in a billion according to Live Science.
This variety of lobster is the rarest and most prized of the crustacean family, which is why the fishing firm wants to rescue and safeguard it.
Lobsters may live for more than 100 years; however, the cotton candy lobster has a poorer survival rate in the wild because it cannot fit in with its surroundings.
The blue and purple color is caused by a genetic abnormality that limits the lobster’s survival capacity. Since it is so unusual, these lobsters are saved rather than eaten.
How did the fisherman come upon the lobster?
Bill Coppersmith has been fishing in Maine’s Casco Bay for 40 years and has never seen a lobster like the one he saved this weekend.
He works for Get Maine Lobster, and his first thought was to text his employer, CEO Mark Murrell.
“Finding (a cotton candy lobster) like this is a true gift. It shows Mother Nature’s true artistry,” Murrell told the news.
Cotton candy lobsters are seldom priced since they are often donated to aquariums to safeguard their lives rather than sold to the general public.
What is going on with the cotton candy lobster?
The fisherman called the lobster Haddie after his granddaughter, and the creature is now awaiting placement in an aquarium.
“Get Maine Lobster is speaking to local organizations,” Murrell explained, “any interested aquariums can get in touch to adopt her, so she can live out the rest of her life in safety and comfort.”