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Examples of a blue, a calico, and a live red lobster at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. A fisherman caught a blue lobster off the coast of Ocean City, Md., last week, and it will soon be on display at the National Aquarium.
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Examples of a blue, a calico, and a live red lobster at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. A fisherman caught a blue lobster off the coast of Ocean City, Md., last week, and it will soon be on display at the National Aquarium.

Most lobsters are a kind of greenish, brownish blue color. But one in two million is born blue -- bright cobalt blue. It's a genetic mutation that occurs naturally and one of those rare lobsters is now residing at the D.C. branch of the National Aquarium.  

His name's Toby, and up until now he's been hanging out in a fish tank at Martin's Fish Company in Ocean City, Md. The lobster was caught near Ocean City last week by a man named John Gourley. Gourley decided to donate the lobster to the aquarium. 

As rare as blue lobsters are, there are rarer colors; for example, red.  Lobsters on your plate turn red when they're cooked but an actual live red lobster is 1 in 10 million. 

There are calico and multicolor lobsters too. But the rarest are albino lobsters; they're just 1 in 100 million. Toby, the moderately rare blue lobster, won't be on display to the public at the Naitonal Aquarium's location in downtown D.C. until July 4. 

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