Holy Cow, it’s a Golden Lobster

Denny Ingram with Yellow Lobster
Denny Ingram with Yellow Lobster

A very rare Yellow Lobster was caught last week in Narragansett Bay off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. When Denny Ingram hauled one of his lobster pots in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage last week, he found one lobster unlike any he had ever seen. It was golden on top and bright yellow on the sides. I thought, holy cow, this is unusual. And no one else around here has ever seen anything like it either, said Ingram.

Lobster shells come in three general colors: yellow, blue and red. Red is the most common, while the two others are rare. The blue ones occur in 1 in every 4 million lobsters. Experts say the chance of discovering yellow lobster is only around 1 in 30 million.

It’s also apparently good luck for this lobster, who will not be heading to anyone’s dinner table. Ingram plans to keep his unusual lobster on display at the fishermen’s co-op at the State Pier in Newport, where 22 shellfishermen sell their catches of lobsters and crabs to the public. Its hours are 1 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The lobster is about a pound and a quarter. Later, he expects to donate it to an aquarium.

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