This ultra-rare Maine lobster is becoming a viral sensation.
Black is the new orange in lobster land.
A fisherman etched his name into lobster lore forever after catching a curiously calico-colored crustacean off the coast of Maine on Friday, reports CNN. Bifurcated into black and orange halves like Two-Face from Batman, the two-toned creature’s Halloween hue is the result of a genetic aberration, according to scientists.
But don’t gather up your lobster trap just yet because the odds of bagging one are one in 50 million — about the same as winning a Megabucks jackpot.
Captain Daryl Dunham, the fisherman who caught the dual-colored sea denizen near some islands southwest of Bar Harbor, has donated it to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. The organization recently posted a picture of Dunham with the critter on its Facebook page, writing: “We’ve seen some pretty cool lobsters in our marine touch tank over the years, but this one might be a first!”
The center invited those curious about the cray to visit the Discovery Wharf to “learn all about Maine’s iconic lobster fishery” and the “unique lobster.”
The post sparked a flurry of reactions, with one commenter remarking, “it looks half-cooked!”
The bi-colored lobster shares a “touch tank” with three other pigment-anomalous animals: two orange “freckled” crustaceans — they’re one in 30 million — and a dark blue variety — one in two million.
However, visitors better hurry if they want a chance to see the starring attraction. The two-toned lobster is slated to be released back into the New England waters where it was found come mid-October, according to Fox News.