“This is the only one that I’ve ever seen," Bobby Stoddard told CNN. “And my dad has been a lobsterman of about 55 years, and he caught one about 45 years ago, but hadn’t seen one since.”
The unique hue is due to a genetic variation that triggers a protein in the lobster that creates the blue shell coloring, according to experts at the University of Maine Lobster Institute.
Stoddard tried unsuccessfully to donate the colorful crustacean to a local ocean institute, which turned it down.
He also briefly tried to sell it on an online auction site.
But he says it probably belongs back in the ocean and is keeping it in a tank at his business until he makes a final decision on the lobster’s fate.
Photos: Bobby Stoddard