Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium

In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and owner of Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H., holds a calico lobster. Captain Josiah Beringer, of the fishing vessel Patricia Lynn, caught the lobster in one of his traps and donated the 1 ½-pound, 5-year-old male lobster to the aquarium. Goethel said calico lobsters are the "second most rare lobster" in the world, after albino lobsters. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Deb Cram)
In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and owner of Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H., holds a calico lobster. Captain Josiah Beringer, of the fishing vessel Patricia Lynn, caught the lobster in one of his traps and donated the 1 ½-pound, 5-year-old male lobster to the aquarium. Goethel said calico lobsters are the "second most rare lobster" in the world, after albino lobsters. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Deb Cram)

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that’s bright orange with dark blue spots.

Josiah Beringer found the calico lobster in a trap on July 23 in the mouth of New Hampshire’s Hampton Harbor. He donated the 1.5-pound, 5-year-old male lobster to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton.

Beringer tells the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/1zuh9T6 ) the lobster was found in an area known as Washerwoman Rock, an area between two rocks that gets its name from its “really rough” and “washing machine”-like waters.

The aquarium’s Ellen Goethel says calico lobsters are the second rarest in the world, after albino lobsters. She says the spots are the result of a genetic pigmentation mutation occurring in 1 in every 30 million to 50 million lobsters.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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