© Submitted by Marie Stagg
Peter Marche of Felix Cove and his half-blue lobster.
Peter Marche of Felix Cove made an unusual discovery on Monday.
This fish harvester caught a two-tone lobster while hauling his traps in St. George’s Bay waters.
The strange-looking animal has two genders – female organs on the blue side and male on the traditional-coloured side.
Another identifying characteristic of the dual gender include a smaller claw on the blue female side and a larger male claw on the other side.
Mr. Marche has caught other unusual lobsters during his five decades on the water – including all-blue, all-yellow and all-orange specimens – but this is the first time he knows of a two-tone lobster being caught in this province.
“But this is the rarest of them all and what makes it so unique is that it has the two different genders,” said Mr. Marche.
His family learned from doing a little research online that a two-coloured lobster was caught off the coast of Massachusetts in late October of 2012, but that one was half black and half orange.
They also learned that blue two-tone lobsters are quite rare, happening once in every 50 to 100 million lobsters due to a genetic mutation.
Fishing lobster is a family affair for the Marche family. Mr. Marche’s wife Eleanor is an avid fish harvester too, with her own license for 30 years.
Their son Colin has been fishing for five years and Mr. Marche is hoping his son will be the one to take over the family enterprise when Mr. Marche retires next year.
When visiting home, the Marche’s three children – Cheryl, Chantal and Marcel – all jump aboard the boats and go out on the water fishing with their parents.
Click here for a video of Mr. Marche showcasing and talking about the lobster.