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Man Catches Odd Translucent Lobster, Throws It Back Due To Its Gender
9 months ago

Last month Alex Todd, a tenth-generation fisherman from Chebeague Island, Maine, caught an exceptionally rare translucent lobster. Todd snapped several pictures of the spectral crustacean.

Todd shared a photo with the Maine Coast Fisherman's Association, who posted it on Facebook:

The Association said the lobster “probably has a genetic condition called Leucism.” Leucism “isn't a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but instead a partial loss. This is why you can still see some hints of blue on the shell and color on the eyes.” It's estimated that about one in 100 million lobsters are true albinos.

Todd told ABC News:

I’ve never seen a white one. This one was translucent with just a hint of blue in it.

Todd released the lobster after he noticed notches in its tail, indicating that it was egg-bearing female — protected under conservation laws. Todd said:

"Even if it had been male, it’s an oddity enough that, why cook it for a $4 lobster?"

A few days later, Todd's uncle caught the same lobster again.

"We released it and last week he caught it again and re-released it so it’s still hanging around.”