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Rare calico lobster caught in waters off Maine

The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state's coast.

University of Maine says odds of finding calico lobster about 1 in 30 million

A calico lobster, top, sits alongside a normal lobster in a bin at Bethel Bait Tackle & More in Bethel, Maine. Lane said the mottled creature was found in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol during the previous weekend. (Sarah Lane/AP Photo)

The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state's coast.

In this photo provided by Owls Head Lobster Company, two albino lobsters sit in a crate with other lobsters at Owls Head Lobster Company in Owls Head, Me., on Friday. (Owls Head Lobster Company, Elizabeth Watkinson/Associated Press)

Sarah Lane says the crustacean, covered in orange blotches, appeared in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol last weekend. The University of Maine says the odds of finding one are about one in 30 million.

Lane named the lobster "Freckles."

Lane owns Bethel Bait Tackle & More in western Maine, 14 miles from the New Hampshire border. She says the lobster will be donated to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.

Maine lobstermen appeared to catch a pair of even more uncommon albino lobsters last week. A lobster expert later said the lobsters are actually very light blue.

Lobsters emerging from the traps usually come out a muddy green, red, or brown.

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