The One in 2 Million

Blue Lobster

A blue american lobster (Homarus americanus), photographed at the New England Aquarium. An estimated one in 2 million lobsters are blue due to a genetic mutation which causes a blue lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein. The protein combines with a red carotenoid molecuule known as astaxanthin to form a blue complex known as crustacyanin, giving the lobster its blue color.

About The Author

Living creatively through design and passionate for freediving, Renee is an underwater photographer / videographer and writer at Seaunseen, and a freediving instructor at Desert Divers in Dahab, Egypt.

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