I found this lobster tail on the beach at Hornsea last year and was surprised at the bright blue colouration. According to the internet these are4 rare and due to a protein irregularity. Does anyone know how rare these are?
You may be confusing our domestic lobster with the American lobster. I asked a friend who's a keen diver & he said, "Not that rare, beautiful though. Have seen them very blue through to black. The bluest ones I have seen are when they are soft - i.e. just shed the old shell".
The European lobster (Homarus gammarus) is typically blue in the wild, only turning red on cooking.
Thanks for your reply and the comment from your friend.
I was aware of the diffence between the American and European lobsters and have seen a considerable number of European lobsters which are usually a dark blue/brown mottled colour which allows them to merge with the backgound of the sea floor. This particular lobster (only the tail remained) was strikingly blue and unlike any I had seen before.
I saw reference to a similar lobster caught off the east Coast of Scotland (see link below)