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One-in-Two-Million Lobster Now Calls Baltimore Home

The lobster is a bright blue, the result of a genetic mutation.

Toby, a rare blue lobster, has recently moved to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Credit: Screen capture of WJZ footage
Toby, a rare blue lobster, has recently moved to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Credit: Screen capture of WJZ footage

A rare blue lobster – the result of a genetic mutation that occurs once in every two million cases – is now calling the National Aquarium in Baltimore home.

Toby is an American lobster who was caught two years ago off the coast of Ocean City by the fishing boat Pot Luck, Brian Nelson, assistant curator of fishes at the National Aquarium, told WJZ TV station.

The crew donated Toby to the Washington, D.C., aquarium. After it closed, the lobster was transferred to a center for a checkup and quarantine, and Toby is now an inhabitant of the facility in Baltimore.

“Toby’s … got an elevated level of an enzyme, which reacts with the red pigments of his shell and makes it more blue,” Nelson told the TV station.

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