So what is behind the lobster’s odd coloring? “This lobster probably has a genetic condition called leucism, which isn't a total loss of pigment (which would make it an albino), but instead a partial loss,” the Facebook post goes on to explain. “This is why you can still see some hints of blue on the shell and color on the eyes.”
After snapping a few photos, Todd returned the remarkable lobster back to the waters.
“It was a v-notched female — which means it had eggs at one time and thus must be set free to breed,” Todd said. “That's why I had to throw it back.” V-notching, the process of marking the tail flipper of egg-bearing female lobsters, has been a means of protecting the lobster population from harvest in Maine since the early 1900s. With the number of baby lobsters mysteriously on the decline, it is increasingly important to continue to protect these animals.