Wanted: home for albino lobster

A fisherman on Quebec's Lower North Shore is seeking a sanctuary for a 1.3 kg albino lobster that came up in a trap on Mutton Bay on July 21.

Rare catch endears herself to Gros-Mécatina's mayor

Blondie the albino lobster weighs in at 1.4 kilograms. (Randy Jones)

A fisherman on Quebec's Lower North Shore is trying to find a home for his recent "1 in a 100 million" catch — a rare albino lobster.

The 1.4 kilogram female (three pounds) crustacean came up in a trap on July 21 on Mutton Bay, a protected inlet off the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the municipality of Gros-Mécatina.

Lloyd Green, the fisherman who caught her, has named the lobster "Blondie." He has been feeding her herring to help her gain weight.

The mayor of Gros-Mécatina, Randy Jones, said while he loves to eat lobster, this is one he'd like to see survive.

Jones has taken on the task of trying to find the lobster a permanent home — so far to no avail.

"I'd like to see the lobster, and I think the fisherman would too, in an aquarium somewhere where people could look at it and see that there is such a thing as white lobster," Jones said.  "It's a bit of promotion for the Quebec Lower North Shore, also."

The Quebec City aquarium has told Jones it will make a decision shortly.

If Green has to keep Blondie past Aug. 15, he will require a permit from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.