PORTLAND, Maine (WBRE/WYOU) — A rare “cotton candy” lobster was found over the weekend in Casco Bay, Maine. The lobster, now known as “Haddie,” is looking for her forever home.
How rare is it to find a cotton candy-colored lobster? The odds of this “once-in-a-lifetime catch” are estimated to be 1 in 100 million, according to Get Maine Lobster.
Bill Coppersmith has been working with Get Maine Lobster for two years, but he has been lobstering for more than four decades. He was on his boat in Casco Bay when he found Haddie in one of his lobster traps, said Faith Yi, vice president of the company.
Yi said Coppersmith and the Get Maine Lobster crew were very excited and were sharing photos of their remarkable find while they were still on the boat.
Coppersmith named the lobster Haddie after one of his granddaughters.
“Her cotton candy coloring, that looks pearlescent and almost opal-like, is the result of a genetic mutation,” Yi stated.
According to Yi, Bill has only caught two other uniquely colored lobsters before in his career: an orange one, a white one and now, the cotton candy lobster.
“Any lobster that stands out … such as Haddie’s cotton candy hues, does put them at risk with predators. They have a lower chance of survival in the wild,” Yi said.
Because of Haddie’s unique coloring, she will not be sold or purchased for eating. Yi says she is currently in a tank in Portland, but there is an open call for interested aquariums to rehome her so she can live safely.