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Extremely rare blue lobster caught off the coast of Maine by 14-year-old girl

The unique crustacean is literally twice as a rare as a one-in-a-million catch.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 25, 2014 at 6:27 PM   |   Comments

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PINE POINT, Maine, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old girl in Maine caught an extremely rare blue lobster while out to sea with her father.

On Saturday, Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company was retrieving lobster traps off the coast of Pine Point, Maine, with his daughter and company namesake Meghan when the 14-year-old retrieved a trap with a rare blue lobster.

"It definitely stood out," LaPlante told the Portland Press Herald. As it should have -- researchers estimate only one in every two million lobsters are born with blue coloring.

Meghan named the crustacean Skyler and plans to donate it to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.

Her student lobstering license allows her to set 150 traps per year, a number that will double when she obtains her commercial license next year.



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