Rare blue lobster caught in Marblehead

A Marblehead couple made an incredibly rare find Thursday morning when they were moving their lobster traps, they spotted a rare blue lobster.

“It was really blue — like blue-rubber-gloves blue. It was beautiful,” Anne said to the Marblehead Current.

These almost neon blue lobsters are an extremely rare find according to statistics previously published by the New England Aquarium — only 1 in 2 million lobsters are this bright shade of azure.

As far as what makes these sea creatures such a bright hue, experts say that a genetic mutation causes it. The mutation makes the lobster’s body over-produce a protein that creates the color.

The couple decided to put the lobster back in the ocean because they worried about bad luck with the incoming storm.