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Rare blue lobster caught near Ocean City, donated to National Aquarium

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Rare blue lobster caught near Ocean City, Md. Rare blue lobster caught near Ocean City, Md.
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A rare blue lobster has been found near Ocean City.

The lobster, named Toby, was caught on Thursday by John Gourley on his fishing boat, the Pot Luck. Toby has been staying in Martin's Fish Co.'s lobster tank since then.

Gourley will be donating the rare lobster to the National Aquarium in Washington D.C. Aquarium staff are expected to pick up Toby on Tuesday.

According to the University of Maine Lobster Institute, Toby's blue color is due to a genetic variation that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein. This characteristic is estimated to be present in one of every two million lobsters born.

The National Aquarium says they will not immediately place him on exhibit due to standard precautionary measures regarding the safety of a new species.

Toby will eventually be placed in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuaries exhibit, which currently houses three black sea bass and one tautog.

The aquarium hopes to have Toby on display by July 4.


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