Rare calico lobster caught in Winter Harbor on display at New England Aquarium

Posted May 10, 2012, at 5:34 a.m.
Last modified May 10, 2012, at 3:18 p.m.
This photo provided by the New England Aquarium in Boston on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, shows a rare calico lobster that could be 1 in 30 million, according to experts. It was caught off Winter Harbor and is being held at the New England Aquarium for the Biomes Marine Biology Center, a science center in Rhode Island.
Tony LaCasse, New England Aquarium | AP
This photo provided by the New England Aquarium in Boston on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, shows a rare calico lobster that could be 1 in 30 million, according to experts. It was caught off Winter Harbor and is being held at the New England Aquarium for the Biomes Marine Biology Center, a science center in Rhode Island.

BOSTON — So you think blue lobsters are rare? The New England Aquarium is holding a lobster that’s way rarer than that.

The aquarium in Boston says it has a calico lobster that could be a 1-in-30 million lobster.

The lobster is dark with bright orange and yellow spots. It was caught off Winter Harbor, Maine and is being held at the New England Aquarium for the Biomes Marine Biology Center, a science center in Rhode Island.

Aquarium spokesman Tony Lacasse says calico lobsters are quite rare.

The Maine-based Lobster Conservancy says perhaps one lobster in 1 million is blue, while both the orange and calico versions might be as rare as 1 in 30 million.

CORRECTION:

An early version of this story requires correction. The AP reported the lobster was caught off Winterport — it was caught off Winter Harbor.

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