Having grown up in New England myself, I am very taken by Jane’s story here about blue lobsters. I fondly remember my father scuba diving off the shores of Massachusetts and bringing home his own ocean loot for dinner. He never caught a blue one though…

The Common Wanderer


Blue lobsters are about one in two million. And yesterday, my uncle caught one. Now, lobstermen are pretty squirrelly so I’m not going to tell you where he got it or even his name. Suffice it to say he’s a lobsterman in Maine and yesterday he pulled up this lovely specimen.

According to the University of Maine Lobster Institute, naturally blue lobsters are extremely rare. Last summer a lobsterman in Maryland trapped one and gave it to the National Aquarium. And before that, a Nova Scotia man auctioned one off to the highest bidder.

My uncle’s not much for publicity. My cousin’s husband asked the Gulf of Maine Research Institute if they wanted it, but apparently they already have one. So my aunt tells me it will have to go to market.

But that seems like such a shame! Surely another aquarium would like a blue lobster. It would…

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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