Maine fisherman catches rare 'ghost lobster'
A Maine fisherman caught a rare, nearly see-through “ghost lobster” earlier this week, before throwing the translucent creature back into the ocean because it was too small.
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Mike Billings caught the crustacean on Tuesday morning off the coast of Stonington, the Press Herald reported.
According to Canada Global News, the odds of pulling in a ghost lobster or albino lobster are about 100 million to 1.
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However, according to the Herald this isn’t Billings first time beating the odds. In 2014 he caught a rare calico lobster and, later that same year, a lobster with one blue claw.
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The ghost lobster’s look is likely due to a genetic condition called leucism, which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in an animal, resulting in white, pale and patchy coloration.