Nova Scotia lobster fisherman catches rare blue crustacean
Nova Scotia lobster fisherman Sheldon Trenholm, his sister and his cousin wrangled themselves a small, vibrant lobster off the coast of Monks Head, N.S., in the early morning hours of June 7.
When Mr. Trenholm first lifted the lobster trap into the boat with eight or so lobsters inside it took a moment before he saw the misplaced colours of bright blue. “At first I couldn’t figure out what was in there, it was like a blue flashlight flashing on and off.”
According to the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, the rare blue shells are the result of a genetic defect, which causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein that gives the lobsters the exceptional colours. (Sheldon Trenholm)