BIDDEFORD, Maine (CBS) — A lucky lobster is avoiding the dinner table because it’s an extremely rare catch. The split-colored lobster was brought to the University of New England’s Marine Science Center in Maine last week.
The half-orange, half-brown lobster is considered to be a one in 50 million catch. It was donated by Eric Payne from Inland Seafood Corporation, a Maine lobster packer.READ MORE: Crews Battling Fast-Moving 3-Alarm Fire In Vallejo, Evacuations Underway
Scientists need help naming it. The crustacean will live in the same house as their yellow lobster Banana, so some have suggested calling it “Banana Split.”READ MORE: Man Accused Of Stealing Lemur From SF Zoo Charged With Violating Endangered Species Act
“We are honored that local lobstermen entrust these rare animals to UNE’s Marine Science Center where we will use them in our teaching and outreach activities,” assistant professor of marine sciences Markus Frederich said in a statement.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Fire Destroys 2 Pleasant Hill Homes; Resident Still Missing, Firefighter Suffers Burns
The University of New England is one recipient of an $860,000 grant from the National Sciences Foundation to study the impact of global warming on the Gulf of Maine and its lobster population.