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Maine Fisherman Catches His Second Rare Lobster

Coppersmith named the rare lobster "Captain Eli" after his grandson.
Robert F. Bukaty AP
Coppersmith named the rare lobster "Captain Eli" after his grandson.

Bill Coppersmith, a fisherman in Maine, might want to buy a lottery ticket. He's gotten pretty lucky lately. This week he caught a rare orange lobster while fishing with his sternman Brian Skillings, writes the Portland Press Herald.

The paper talked to Robert Bayer, the executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine. He said that the actual odds of catching an orange lobster would just be a guess. But "it's one in several million, there's no doubt about that."

He also caught an albino lobster in 1997. The Associated Press writes that catching a white lobster is a one-in-100 million chance. The Herald reports that "Captain Eli," as Coppersmith has named the rare orange lobster, will be kept at the Fisherman's Catch Café in Raymond, Maine, before he releases it back into the ocean.


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