Rare ‘ghost lobster’ is fisherman’s catch of a lifetime, a 1-in-100 million long shot


A lobster fisherman in New Brunswick defied the odds this week when he brought up an extraordinary and very rare "ghost lobster" in the Northumberland Strait.

Feeling it was his lucky day, Eugene Richard, 64, immediately purchased a lottery ticket upon getting to shore, according to Global News.

The odds of catching an albino lobster, aka ghost lobster, are put at 100 million to 1. The odds of winning the lottery in Canada are said to be 14 million to 1.

If nothing else, Richard, who has been lobster fishing in Richibucto Cape for 50 years, hit the lobster fishing jackpot. He called it the catch of his career.

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When he first brought it up in the lobster trap, he thought he was seeing things. When Richard's wife, Bernice, saw it, she thought it was a fake.

"I thought it was a rubber lobster," she told Global News.

It was definitely real and edible, but the couple saved the ghost lobster from a boiling pot by donating it to the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippigan where officials did analysis and confirmed it is an albino lobster.

So if it is an albino lobster, why does it have a blue tint?

Lacking pigment, an albino lobster's blue blood is visible through its shell.

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