Video: Rare blue lobster caught in US
A US teenager and her father have landed a one-in-two-million catch - a blue lobster.
Meghan LaPlante, 14, and her father pulled in the vivid blue crustacean from one of their traps over the weekend and donated it to the Maine State Aquarium on Tuesday.
"It definitely stood out," LaPlante said on Monday.
"We were really surprised. I've never caught anything like it."
LaPlante helps her father run the family's Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch business in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Blue because of mutation
The blue color is the result of a rare genetic mutation that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein.
Most lobsters are dark bluish green to greenish brown.
Scientists estimate the blue coloring occurs in only one out of 2 million lobsters.
The teen said she named the lobster "Skyler" for its blue color, and because it's one of her favorite names.
Skyler joins three other blue lobsters and an orange one at the aquarium.
Sources: Reuters, Ruptly TV