The odds of being struck by lightning this year are roughly one in 960,000, an infinitesimal chance of being in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time. Still, those odds are nothing compared to the one in 2 million chance a person has of ever encountering a rare, blue lobster, an almost mythical crustacean that turns bright indigo due to an overabundance of protein produced by a genetic defect.
Still, sometimes the stars align and a lobsterman just gets lucky. According to ABC News, Wayne Nickerson—a professional who’s been combing the waters of Massachusetts for crustaceans for 35 years—found a bright blue lobster in a wire trap on Monday off the coast of Cape Cod.
Though it’s been said that lightning never strikes twice, Nickerson had actually seen another blue lobster 26 years early, and knew just how rare his haul was. He rushed to call his wife, Jan, and the couple is now keeping the 2-pound lobster in a special tank, hoping to eventually give it to a local aquarium.
“He let out a loud exclamation of excitement,” Jan told ABC News. “He was very clear about how excited he was.”
The couple has fittingly named the lobster Bleu, and are eager to share him with the world.
“We want people to be able to see him,” Jan explained.
Nickersons odds were pretty slim, but some might be surprised to learn that true red lobsters are actually scarcer than blue crustaceans in the wild. According to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, most lobsters only turn bright red after they’ve been cooked. The odds of finding a lobster with a “brilliant” red coloring in nature? One in 10 million.
[via ABC News]