Tyne & Wear

Blue lobster caught off Northumberland found new home

Rare blue lobster Image copyright Owen Humphreys/PA
Image caption The lobster has yet to be named but its friend on the right is fishmonger Tony McLean

A rare blue lobster caught off the Northumberland coast is moving to a new home after being saved from the cooking pot.

The odds of finding one this colour are estimated to be one in two million.

The crustacean has been living in a fishmongers on North Shields Fish Quay but is to be rehomed at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth on Sunday.

Fishmonger Tony McLean, 38, said a light blue specimen was "very, very, very rare".

"It's the first one we've ever had," he said.

"Loads of people are coming to see him; the shop's been busier than ever."

Image copyright Owen Humphreys/PA
Image caption The chance of finding a blue lobster is estimated to be one in two million
Image caption Tony McLean said the lobster had drawn people to the shop

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