Rare cobalt blue lobster found off Dartmouth

The blue lobster that was found in a lobster trap off Dartmouth, N.S., during a Saturday morning fishing trip.  (Ashley MacInnis  - image credit)
The blue lobster that was found in a lobster trap off Dartmouth, N.S., during a Saturday morning fishing trip. (Ashley MacInnis - image credit)

The catch of the day turned out to be much more blue than what 14-year-old Finley Campbell expected.

Campbell joined his fisherman grandfather on a lobster fishing trip off Dartmouth, N.S., on Saturday morning. After a couple of hours on the boat, his grandfather found a rare specimen in a lobster trap.

"I had my earphones in so I couldn't hear them," Campbell said. "I took them out and looked over at him and he was holding a blue lobster in his hands."

A blue lobster is a rare phenomenon that occurs every one in two million. The colour is caused by a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein.

Finley Campbell holds the blue lobster that discovered on a fishing trip with his grandfather.
Finley Campbell holds the blue lobster that discovered on a fishing trip with his grandfather.

Finley Campbell holds the blue lobster that discovered on a fishing trip with his grandfather. (Ashley MacInnis )

Campbell said he hoped to find exciting on the fishing trip, but did not expect to see and hold a remarkable kind of lobster.

"When I go on the boat, I wanted to catch something cool and we ended up catching it in the morning," said Campbell.

Campbell said that in the 30 years his grandfather worked as a lobster fisherman, he had never seen a blue lobster. Throughout this extensive fishing career, he has seen lobsters that spanned a variety of other colours, including white, gold and purple.

They released the blue lobster back into the water.

"We threw him back into the water, nice and gently," Campbell said. "Obviously he's a rare one, but we wouldn't keep them. Too rare for us to keep."

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