NEW LONDON, Conn. - Call it crustacean discrimination. A lobster caught last
weekend by Steve Hatch and his uncle Robert Green was spared from being cooked
and ripped apart on a plate because of its color.
The 1 1/2-pound clawed creature is
bright blue, the result of an extremely rare genetic mutation.
Steve Hatch holds a rare blue lobster that he and his uncle
Robert Green caught Sunday, June 10, 2007 in a trap at the mouth of the
Thames River in New London, Conn. [AP]
It turned up Sunday morning in one of Hatch and Green's lobster traps at the
mouth of the Thames River.
"I've heard about them but this is the first one I've ever seen," Hatch told
The Day of New London newspaper.
Later that afternoon, he put the lobster in a cooler and brought it to the
Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, where it will live out its days
in an elementary school classroom for children to learn about.
Catherine Ellis, curator of fish and invertebrates at the aquarium, said only
one in 3 million lobsters are "true blue," meaning their color is the result of
genetics and not the environment.
The one caught Sunday will join two other blue lobsters at the aquarium.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that the blue coloring
occurs when lobsters produce an excessive amount of protein because of a genetic
But if blue lobsters are cooked like their red brethren, they too turn red,