Rare Two-Toned Lobster Found by Fishermen Is a One-in-50 Million Catch

Fishermen in Canada have caught a rare two-toned lobster, which is half orange, in what is thought to be a one-in-50 million catch.

Pêcheries Desbois, or Desbois fisheries, based in Quebec, shared a photo of the multicolored creature on their Facebook page on Friday.

Most lobsters are a greenish-brown color, but in rare cases can be blue, yellow, white, or multicolored.

The fishing business wrote on Facebook in French, according to Google Translate: "We found a very rare specimen at Anticosti Island, a half orange lobster.

"You can see that he is separated very straight in the middle!! The sea offers us beautiful specimens."

Pêcheries Desbois said they let the lobster back in the water because he was "too small."

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The company did not state how big the lobster was, but those that are sold for human consumption usually weigh between 1 to 2lbs, at which point they are usually between 5 to 7 years old. But lobsters have been known to live up to 100 years, and weigh up to 44lbs.

Pêcheries Desbois said: "Maybe we will have the chance to meet him in a few years!!"

The post gained much attention on the Pêcheries Desbois Facebook page, attracting over 3,800 likes, 1,000 comments and 1,600 shares in three days.

One commenter asked if the fishery had ever caught a blue lobster, to which they replied "yes twice."

Another person joked that the lobster may have fallen asleep in the sun while sunbathing and got burned.

When one Facebook user suggested the photo was just a "trick," Pêcheries Desbois replied: "unfortunately we're not good enough with Photoshop to do 'tricks'."

Another commenter called it a "Deathstroke lobster," after the DC Comics supervillain whose suit is orange, blue and black.

The lobster is the latest two-tone animal to cause a stir online. Earlier this month, another rare split-colored lobster was donated to the University of New England's Marine Science Center.

Eric Payne of Maine lobster packer Inland Seafood Corporation gave the lobster to the institution. According to the university, half brown, half orange lobsters are a one-in-50 million catch, compared with one in two million for blue, and one in 100 for albino. This comes after the university received a one-in-30-million yellow lobster, named Banana, earlier this year.

The institution is studying how lobster larvae are being affected by warming waters in the Gulf of Maine.

It's not just crustaceans that can be split-colored. In March, Nashville Cat Rescue put a kitten with a half orange, half black face up for adoption.

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Lobsters, unrelated to the rare split-tone lobster found in Canada, are seen on Scottish Borders on December 18, 2020. ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images