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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Fishermen on red alert after lobster find

Majella O'Sullivan

HIS colour is normally reserved for cooked lobster but there's nothing half-baked about this crustacean.

The rare red lobster, nicknamed Billy, was caught by a Co Louth fisherman earlier this month and has now taken up residence in his new home, an aquarium in Dingle where he might just stay for the next 60 years.

The xanthochromic specimen was caught by skipper Seamus Kirk off the coast in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Now fisheries experts are hoping that the one in 30 million chance of finding one in Irish waters will be repeated so they'll be able to breed.

"He's probably as rare as a white blackbird but it's caused by a colour morph and is something that can happen in crustaceans," said sea fisheries protection officer Kevin Flannery.

Irish Independent

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