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.

Billings threw the lobster back after taking pictures because it was too small to keep.

Billings threw the lobster back after taking pictures because it was too small to keep. (Mike Billings)

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.

The coloring of the lobster is likely due to leucism.

The coloring of the lobster is likely due to leucism. (Mike Billings)

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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.