Extremely Rare Cotton Candy Lobster Caught In Maine

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Damir Mujezinovic

Most lobsters have brownish shell color, but they come in all shapes and sizes.

The chance of finding a blue lobster is one in two million, while finding a yellow lobster is a one in 30 million chance, according to USA Today.

The state of Maine is known for its lobsters, but most lobsterman never get a chance to even encounter a cotton candy lobster, let alone catch one.

But Bill Coppersmith made the catch of his lifetime on Friday in Maine’s Casco Bay, where he caught a blue-colored lobster.


Coppersmith told Fox News that he named the rare cotton candy lobster Haddie, after his granddaughter.

Coppersmith has been fishing for 40 years, and this was the first time for him to find an ultra-rare creature like Haddie. Still, he has no intention of selling her.

NEWS CENTER Maine published on YouTube a video clip of the lobsterman talking about the rare catch and stressing that he wants to preserve it.

"Look how beautiful that lobster is," Coppersmith says in the video, which can be viewed below.


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'Mother Nature's True Artistry'

As soon as he caught Haddie, Coppersmith texted his boss Mark Murrell, the CEO of Get Maine Lobster.

Murrell was in awe, telling Fox News that Haddie "is the first cotton candy we have discovered."

"Finding one like this is a true gift. It shows Mother Nature's true artistry," Murrell said.

"Haddie is hanging out in her tank at Get Maine Lobster, the number one direct-to-consumer seafood company based in Portland, Maine," Murrell continued, noting that he is seeking a permanent home for Haddie.

What Will Happen To Haddie?

Murrell explained to the outlet that Haddie will most certainly not be sold or cooked.

"There’s no intention to sell or cook Haddie! Instead, Get Maine Lobster is speaking to local organizations, and any interested aquariums can get in touch to adopt her so she can live out the rest of her life in safety and comfort," he said.

Murrell added that this was his company's first discovery of the cotton candy lobster, but noted that he once helped save an ultra-rare yellow lobster.

Rare Lobsters

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According to Investopedia, it is unclear how much rare lobsters are worth.

Blue lobsters like Haddie have been priced as high as $500 on ecommerce sites like eBay, but people are usually hesitant to purchase them.

Blue lobsters are perfectly safe for consumption. The restaurant Per Se, for example, featured a blue lobster on its wagyu menu. It was priced at $560.

According to University of Maine Lobster Institute research director, Dr. Robert Bayer, "there is no monetary value" in rare lobsters