article image

Quick Quotes

“We're not gonna sell it. We're not gonna cook it. We want to preserve it.”

CEO Mark Murrell, Get Maine Lobster, on a rare one-in-100 million "cotton candy" lobster caught by a local fisherman.

Published on

nov 10, 2021

  • Why It Matters: Lobster can come in a rainbow of colors, from typical brownish-red, to blue, yellow, orange, calico, or white (or the slightly iridescent "cotton candy"). While scientists say no firm stats exist on rarity of the colors, the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance says the chances of a white or cotton candy lobster are 1 in 100 million.
  • "Get Maine Lobster" (a direct-to-consumer seafood company from Maine) says they want to donate this rare lobster to an aquarium for safe keeping.
  • The fisherman who caught the lobster has been fishing for 4 decades and says he's never seen a lobster like this. He named it "Haddie" after his granddaughter.
  • What Makes It "Cotton Candy"? The pigment in the lobster's shell can uniquely bind to certain proteins, creating a different hue. Pale lobsters likely don't have enough pigment - either due to a genetic mutation or from their food source. READ MORE

Rare 'Cotton Candy' Lobster Found Off Maine in 1 in 100 Million Catch

Check out different lobster colors HERE from the Maine Lobsterman's Community Alliance.

Watch video of Haddie!

Sign up today to

Get SmartHER News In Your Inbox

Read our Privacy Policy