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Rare golden lobster caught in Scotland

By Hilary Duncanson

Published 08/07/2015

Rare golden lobster that was hauled up in the pots of a fisherman off the east coast of Scotland
Rare golden lobster that was hauled up in the pots of a fisherman off the east coast of Scotland

A rare golden lobster has been hauled up in the pots of a fisherman off the east coast of Scotland.

The crustacean was caught by Eddie Dougal on his boat the Fiddler's Green around half a mile off Barns Ness Lighthouse near Dunbar, East Lothian.

The odds of finding a golden lobster are believed to be around one in five million.

The creature is currently being kept at the Deep Sea World visitor attraction in North Queensferry, Fife.

Michael Morris, from the aquarium, said: "No-one is entirely sure why these sort of colour changes happen in individual crustaceans.

"It may be some kind of genetic mutation or a reaction to some kind of outside stimulus.

"We also don't know if the colouration will stay the same when the lobster eventually moults or whether it will revert back to a normal blue colour."

Aquarium bosses said the lobster appears to be in excellent condition. It will stay in a quarantine area for the next few days before being released into one of the native marine displays.

Lobsters are among the planet's oldest inhabitants, with fossil remains found dating back more than 100 million years. Some individuals can live longer than 60 years.

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