A Rare Blue Lobster Was Caught Off the Coast of Cape Cod

Jan Nickerson via ABC News/Twitter
Jan Nickerson via ABC News/Twitter / Jan Nickerson via ABC News/Twitter

Given the fact that, according to the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, only one in every 2 million lobsters is a blue lobster, the odds of actually catching one—even for a veteran lobsterman—are pretty slim. Which explains why Plymouth, Massachusetts-based lobsterman Wayne Nickerson was both surprised and excited when he pulled up his trap off the coast of Cape Cod on Monday and noticed a bright blue lobster among his catch.

Nickerson’s first instinct was to call his wife, Jan, and ask her to meet him on the dock. “He let out a loud exclamation of excitement,” Jan told ABC News. “He was very clear about how excited he was.”

What makes Nickerson’s story even more amazing is that it wasn’t his first brush with a cobalt crustacean; back in 1990, he caught another blue lobster (which gets its odd color from a genetic defect that produces too much of a particular protein).

His latest catch—which Jan named Bleu—weighed in at two pounds and is currently being held in a tank as the couple works to have him moved to a local aquarium.

“We want people to be able to see him,” Jan said. We're sure the people agree.

[h/t: ABC News]