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Blue lobster: Fisherman in Belfast Lough catches rare crustacean


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A rare blue lobster was caught in Belfast Lough, according to a fisherman, who called it the catch of a lifetime.​The finding of the colorful crustacean, according to 28-year-old​Bangor, County Down resident Stuart Brown, “surprised everybody.”

On the northern beaches of the lough, not far from Blackhead Lighthouse, it was captured in a pot that had been in the water.​ After photographing the lobster, Mr. Brown released it since it was just a bit too small to keep.

“It’s still swimming about in the lough somewhere, happy as can be. I’m hoping that whoever does catch it will return it as well.” The fisherman claimed that when he pulled the pot up, the boat was in 15–18 meters (50–60 feet) of water.

He said, “That’s quite blue,” when I slid the pot to the crew member who lifted it out. “I told him as I turned to face him, “Yeah, no problem.” I did, however, give it another glance and remark, “That’s too blue.”

“There are some lobsters out there that don’t appear normal; they may be a little bit browner or redder, or they may otherwise differ slightly from the average, but not significantly.

He told the Press Association, “I searched Google to check how unusual it was, and it was one-in-two million risks of catching it. Mr. Brown, who has been fishing since he was 11 years old, is an investor in a County Down seafood distribution company.

He remarked that he can now add the blue lobster to the list of “strange and fantastic things” he has observed at sea.

How rare are blue lobsters?

Although lobsters are often dark brown in color, they can occasionally be seen in odd hues like orange, red, and yellow.

According to scientists, unusual colorations are caused by faulty genetics. Some lobsters may manufacture more of a particular protein than others due to genetic differences.

According to some marine biologists, the likelihood of landing a blue lobster is roughly one in every two million.

I’ve never seen one.

Although similar discoveries have reportedly been made in other parts of the UK, Mr. Brown claimed that this was the first he has ever heard of.

“I never witnessed one. Older fisherman I’ve spoken to whom fish claimed the same thing: they had never seen any, he continued.

Everyone is surprised that it arrived on the east coast, so.

You simply never know when something might arise.

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