AJ Francis local fisherman caught a rare, one in a 100 million albino lobster. Due to a genetic condition called leucism, their shells have no pigment, leading to the albino lobster appearing to be almost completely white.
“I’ve seen many blue ones, never an albino. I was excited, I stopped working to take pictures.”AJ Francis
He shared that the lobster was caught off of Big Island. As for the lobster’s new home, he was hoping to get in touch with the Northumberland Fisheries Museum in Pictou or one of the Sobeys stores to have the lobster stay in a tank so others can also have a chance to see the rare crustacean.
Francis donated the lobster to the Northumberland Fisheries Museum in Pictou Landing. What will happen after that is not yet clear.
Even though catching the albino lobster is a rare find, there have been many cases of catching them every 2 years.
Albino catch near Caribou Island in 2018
In 2018 John Baird also caught one near Caribou Island , N.S. just outside Pictou. Baird donated the lobster to Sobeys ‘ seafood department for people to look at the rare find. This lobster was not for sale and has been released back into the ocean at the end of the season in June 2018 (AP).
The ghost lobster caught in New Brunswick in 2016
In 2016 a New Brunswick fisherman, Richard also caught an albino lobster, they called it “the ghost lobster” (Global News).
The odds of winning Lotto 6/49, on the other hand, are 14 million to one. Richard has been fishing lobster in Richibucto Cape for 50 years and calls this the catch of his career.
Double catch in Maine in 2014
Two years before that in 2014 another 2 albino lobsters were caught within a week, in Maine (AP). Besides the albino, the fishermen also caught a one-in-30 million yellow lobster.
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