A lobster with a a translucent shell was caught and released by lobsterman Alex Todd off the coast of Maine.
Todd, a 10th-generation commercial fisherman from Chebeague Island, caught this ghostly crustacean last month while on a fishing trip.
Todd shared the picture with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, showing his translucent catch next to a more traditional red-colored lobster.
Todd’s catch, according to the Association, “probably has a genetic condition called Leucism.”
This condition “isn’t a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino) but instead a partial loss. This is why you can still see some hints of blue on the shell and color on the eyes.”
Todd told the Associated Press the rare catch was “definitely weird.” He released it back into the sea because he found that it was an egg-bearing female lobster, therefore protected under conservation laws.
In September 2016, a lobster fisherman from New Brunswick in Canada also caught a rare “albino lobster.”
According to Canada’s Global News, the chances of finding an albino lobster are estimated to be one in one hundred million.
Fisherman Eugene Richard gave the transparent lobster to the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre which, after conducting tests on the crustacean, found that it was indeed an albino lobster.
Albino lobsters’ lack of pigmentation means you can see their blue blood through their outer shells.
That lobster was put on display by the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre.