Cotton candy-colored lobster caught off Maine coast: it is the rarest of the rare’

Canadian fisherman Robin Russell caught cotton candy-colored lobster off the coast of Maine in November.


A Canadian fisherman made a 1-in-100 million catch when he pulled a cotton candy-colored lobster from the water around Grand Manan Island, located a few miles off the coast of Maine.

It is the “rarest of rare” angler Robin Russell, 38, said of the colorful find.

Russell discovered the shimmering creature back in November, but the impressive catch began making headlines this week, when a popular Maine Instagram account with 27,000 followers posted a picture of it.

“Cotton candy lobsters are the rarest of rare! Congrats on this once in a lifetime catch,” the account wrote, tagging Russell.

The post ordered more than 4,500 likes and dozens of comments.

Cotton candy lobsters are the rarest of rare! ⚓️ ? Congrats on this once in a lifetime catch, @robinsonfrankrussell!

A post shared by the Best of Maine (@igersmaine) on Jun 12, 2018 at 10:22am PDT

“Is the shell opaline?” an Instagram user asked.

“Wow! This is beautiful! For the reading of the title, I thought it was an incredible painting. This cotton candy lobster is like the unicorn of the sea,” another observed.

“Like that, they would release him, so that he could marry and build a big candy family,” a woman added.

Russell decided to donate the 2-pound sea critter to Huntsman Marine Science Center, an aquarium in New Brunswick, Canada.

“I really didn’t know what to do with it at first, so I decided to give it to the aquarium,” Russell told the Press Herald last week, adding that the lobster, nicknamed “Lucky,” will show this summer.

As captain of a lobster boat, Russell said he made a few incredible catches over the years, but this is by far one of his best.

Lobsters are usually brown, turning a red-orange color when cooked. But there is a possibility of a lobster can be blue, yellow, split-colored or even albino.

“The chances of finding an albino lobster are one in 100 million lobsters. Yet, people do find. One in 100 million, ” University of Maine Lobster Institute, explained in a post online. “That’s a long way from the one in two million blue lobsters, which appear in nature.”

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