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Rare Albino Lobster Is Still All White

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12:54pm 13th August 2014

Marine experts at Weymouth Sea Like Park breathed a sigh of relief after their one-in-a-hundred million albino lobster moulted and turned out all white again.

The lobster which was given to the Sea Life Park by a Bridport fisherman just before Christmas 3 years ago was christened Santa Claws.

Santa who has enjoyed exclusive occupancy of a large pool in the Centre's outdoor rockpool feature has put on a couple of centimetres growth since his arrival hence the need to shed his old shell for a new one and he now appears to be a genuine lifelong albino.

Curator Fiona Smith said "When an animal is as rare as this one there's always that anxious feeling that maybe his white shell was a one-off aberration and the next one would be the normal blue grey."   

Lobsters manage to squeeze out of their shell leaving everything intact, even the claws, which means his old suit will now go on display at the Centre. For more information, visit www.sealifeweymouth.com.



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