Rare Blue Lobster Found at Portland Market

Chances of finding a blue lobster are about two million two one.

Friday, Jul 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:26 PM EDT
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Experts say the odds of finding a blue lobster is 1 in 2 million.

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Experts say the odds of finding a blue lobster is 1 in 2 million.

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The owner of a Portland market got quite a surprise with a shipment of lobsters this week: A blue lobster.

Blue Lou, as he's been dubbed, is turning heads at Tri-Town Foods.

"Never seen a blue lobster before. It's the craziest blue I've ever seen," one customer said on Friday.

According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, the blue color stems from a genetic defect that produces an excessive amount of a certain protein. The chances of finding a blue lobster are about two million to one.

The store's owners say they don't want to sell Blue Lou, and instead will look to give him to an aquarium where he can live out the rest of his life.

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