(ORDO NEWS) — In Maine, a fisherman named Marley Babb caught a unique lobster with an unusual yellow color. The creation was named Banana and was handed over to scientists.
According to statistics, yellow lobsters are found every 30 million copies. The man who caught the animal immediately understood its value, so without hesitation he donated it to the Center for Marine Research at the University of New England in Biddeford.
The yellow color is caused by a rare genetic mutation in the protein that makes up the shell. Such specimens are still white or variegated. Meeting the yellow ones is great luck.
Because of their bright colors, it is more difficult for lobsters to hide from predators, and therefore they rarely live to mature age. The banana will stay safe in the aquarium.
According to experts, the mutation could have been triggered by a change in climate, but there are many other factors in the wild. It is impossible to say exactly the reason for the abnormal color.
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