Fisherman catches rare ghost lobster, throws it back

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Maine is known for its delicious lobsters, but they are usually a nice ruby red, not a ghostly white.

A lobster fisherman in Maine hauled in the rarest of rare lobsters. So rare, that you’ve likely never seen one in your lifetime.

This is what’s known as a ghost lobster. Experts say the albino lobster probably had a genetic condition called leucism.

Canada’s global news says the odds of catching an albino lobster are 100-million to 1.

Mike Billings pulled it in off the coast of Maine on Wednesday, but he says it was too small to keep, so he threw it back overboard.

But the lobsterman is no stranger to catching odd lobsters from the sea.

In 2014, he caught a lobster with one blue claw.

The pincher claw appeared to be small for the size of the lobster, meaning the original claw was likely destroyed and a blue claw regenerated in its place. 

That same year, he also caught a rare calico lobster which is speckled brown and orange.
 

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