A Bolt From the Blue: Colors in Nature That May Surprise You

Mother Nature is full of surprises. In this series, we’ll introduce you to some colorful things in the natural world you wouldn’t normally expect to see.                                                                                                            

Did you know lobsters can be blue? That’s right, the photos you see have not been altered. These crustaceans are usually a dull greenish-brown in North Atlantic waters, and turn a familiar orange-red color when boiled. But genetic defects can produce lobsters in a variety of colors—including yellow, red, and bright blue.

How rare are they? Very. Most estimates place the odds of finding a blue lobster around one in every two million. In fact, one fisherman off the coast of Cape Cod has only caught two blue lobsters in his entire 35-year career.

blue lobster
One in a million? More like one in two million

Fortunately, there are a few places where you can view them, including:

So while it’s highly unlikely you’ll spot a random blue lobster in the water, if you visit these locations—or view their photos and video footage online—you can see one of these remarkable creatures.

Next up: Glow-in-the-dark scorpions

Photo credits: Blue American lobster / Steven G. Johnson / CC-BY-SA-2.0, Blue lobster at the Lobster Trap fish market / Jane Carter / CC-BY-SA-3.0


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