Man Finds Rare Calico Lobster, Gives It to New Hampshire Aquarium (PHOTOS)

Calico lobster

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updated 07/31/2014 AT 9:55 AM ET

originally published 07/31/2014 AT 2:30 PM ET

A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that’s bright orange with dark blue spots.

Josiah Beringer found the calico lobster in a trap on July 23 in the mouth of New Hampshire’s Hampton Harbor. He donated the 1.5-pound, 5-year-old male lobster to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton.

Beringer tells the Portsmouth Herald the lobster was found in an area known as Washerwoman Rock, an area between two rocks that gets its name from its “really rough” and “washing machine”-like waters.

Ellen Goethel, a marine biologist and owner of Explore the Ocean World, holding the oceanarium’s new calico lobster

Portsmouth Herald/Deb Cram/AP
The aquarium’s Ellen Goethel says calico lobsters are the second rarest in the world, after albino lobsters. She says the spots are the result of a genetic pigmentation mutation occurring in 1 in every 30 million to 50 million lobsters.

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