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Hingham Family Catches Fifth Blue Lobster, On Display At New Restaurant
Kristen Arute, Hingham Current Staff; September 29, 2020
Photo of lobster courtesy of Dar Collins and Hingham Current photo of Salty Days owners with blue lobster / Greg Lane
"YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE THIS......we have a 5th, yes 5th blue lobster. It's like they are multiplying in our storage trap." This is how Hingham resident Dar Collins announced her family's recent remarkable catch. The University of Maine Lobster Institute estimates that the likelihood of catching a blue lobster is one in 2 million. "The chances of catching two blue lobsters are 1 in 4 trillion," said Collins. "What are the chances you would catch 4????" The probability of catching five has not yet been calculated.
Collins' husband Bill is an avid outdoorsman who has been lobstering for over 40 years, most recently with two of his grandchildren. "He has ten traps that he lobsters with," explained Collins. "The lobsters must have all been from the same family - they were all taken from the same general vicinity - near Boston Light."
According to the Maine Lobstermen's Community Alliance, lobster shells contain a pigment that determines their color. Their normal greenish-brown coloring helps lobsters blend into their environment protecting them from predators. The University of Maine Lobster Institute says that the blue color is caused by an abundance of a particular protein from a genetic defect. While having a blue shell may not be advantageous in the wild, catching a blue lobster is considered good luck.
But what do you do with them when you catch them? Collins and her husband had some decisions to make. "The first lobster Bill got in his traps around July 10th went to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History," she said. "We actually visited her two weeks ago when we went to The Mansion at Ocean Edge for a week to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary!" The most recent one is on display at Hingham's first standalone fish market that is opening next week.
Salty Days Fish is owned by Hingham native Steve Flynn and his wife Amy along with lifelong friends Sean and Joanne McDaniel. "We connected with Steve as he is very good friends with our daughter and son-in-law," explained Collins. "He saw my post and commented and we decided it would be a great idea to have him have the blue lobster for customers to enjoy!" The lobster was delivered on Sunday to the brand new live lobster tank at Salty Days.