Extremely rare orange lobsters turn up in Maine

Posted at 9:50 AM, Jun 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-21 10:54:19-04

MANSFIELD, ME (CNN) – We’ve told you about the rare blue lobsters, but here’s something even more scarce, orange ones!

A store chain in Massachusetts has six of them. TJ Del Santo shows us this one in 10 million find.

These carrot-colored crustaceans are a very rare find. They’re known as orange lobsters and look like they’ve already been cooked. 

Bill Sarro of Ocean Fresh Seafood and Restaurant in Mansfield said the lobsters are  alive and doing. He’s never seen one in 30 years and was a bit taken aback when one of his retail managers found them while unpacking a crate.

“And he pulled out a bunch of lobsters he thought were already cooked and thought someone was playing a joke on us and put them in a crate," said Sarro. "And he picked them up and they started moving and crawling up his arm. He thought it was the best thing ever.”

There were 5 of these found in Mansfield and another found in the Fresh Catch North Attleboro location for a total of 6.

“We’ve seen blue lobsters, but we’ve never carrot-colored lobsters came through the doors.”

They are this orangey color due to a genetic mutation. They were all found off the Magdalen Islands in Maine. They won’t be returning to the wild, and they won’t be showing up on a dinner plate.

"No, we’re not selling them; we’re a small family business. Keep everything together.”

He wants to put one of them on display in each of his 5 fresh catch locations.

“People can come in and enjoy this one in a 10 million chance to see a lobster like this.”

According to the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, there are some colors that are even rarer.

The chances of catching a yellow lobster are one in 30 million. And you’re really lucky to grab an albino one. That has a one in 100 million chance.