Odds are one-in-2 million, experts say


A father and son fishing in Maine caught a bright blue lobster marine biologists say is a rare, one-in-2-million sea discovery.

The crustacean – named “Lucky Blue” – was caught in ocean waters beyond Peaks Island off the southeast portion of the state, said Becky Rand, whose son Luke Rand, caught the lobster Thursday.

Luke Rand, 36, serves as sternman on his dad’s boat, the Audrey B. Rand, his mother told USA TODAY Tuesday.

And his mom says it’s not the first time he’s caught one with his dad.

“They caught one in May too,” she said, adding the duo have also caught rare calico and orange lobsters over the years.

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Luke and his mother live in Falmouth, a small town just north of Portland. She said her son has been lobstering on his father’s boat off-and on since he was 8 years old.

His father, Mark Rand, has been fishing for more than 60 years, she said.

“We’ve never pulled one this color or even seen one to throw back,” Luke Rand told the Portland Press Herald.

He told the outlet the lobster is a male, legal-size, healthy crustacean. 

“This was a keeper,” his mom said Tuesday. “If it’s a female or if its not a big enough male they have to throw it back.”

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