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A small case of the blues

A small case of the blues

An undersized blue lobster was caught on June 5—around a one-in-two-million chance, according to the University of Maine Lobster Institute. She was pulled up on the F/V Jericho III, captained by Perley Frazier, in Big Shoal, between Vinylhaven and Isle au Haut. The distinctive blue color is actually a genetic mutation that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein. This protein mixes with a red carotenoid molecule to give the lobster its blue color. This young ’un was tossed back because of her small size, but not before sternman Justin Betts caught her on film.

Photo by Justin Betts