Jeff Edwards brought it to the Ship to Shore Lobster Company in Bowdoinham, where it was photographed before being donated to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
“It looked as if someone had taken painter’s tape and run it from proboscis to tail, then spray-painted one side. It’s a perfectly straight line,” institute specialist Alan Lishness told Reuters. “You don't usually see such hard edges in nature.”
North Atlantic lobsters are typically greenish-brown in color, and turn red only after being cooked.
Yellow or blue lobsters are occasionally caught off the Maine and Canadian Maritime coast, but such two-toned crustaceans are exceedingly rare.
Only albino lobsters are less likely to turn up in a lobster trap.
Another half orange, half brown lobster was caught off the Massachusetts coast last October.
Photo: Ship to Shore Lobster Co.