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Rare Catch Leaves Veteran Fisherman ‘Really Surprised’: ‘I’ve Never Seen One in All the Time I’ve Worked Here’

"When the trap broke the water, it stuck right out..."

It's considered a 1-in-100 million catch.

A veteran lobsterman on a routine fishing trip in Maine reeled up a white lobster — the rarest color of all — last weekend.

"When the trap broke the water, it stuck right out, and I was really surprised and a little bit excited just to see it," lobsterman Joe Bates told WLBZ-TV.

Image source: Screen grab WLBZ-TV Image source: Screen grab WLBZ-TV

"I've never seen one in all the time I've worked here," Alex Knight echoed. "It's pretty neat. See a lot of blue and spotted, but never white."

[sharequote align="center"]"I've never seen one in all the time I've worked here."[/sharequote]

According to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, a person is more likely to drown — 1 in 3.5 million odds — or get attacked by a shark — 1 in 11.5 million odds — than see an albino crustacean, USA Today reported.

Yet, just days later, another lobsterman defied the odds and caught another white lobster.

According to USA Today, no one has calculated the odds of finding two albino lobsters in the same week.

Image source: Screen grab WLBZ-TV Image source: Screen grab WLBZ-TV

For now, the two lobsters are being kept together in a crate, WLBZ reported. The two albino crustaceans will eventually be put on display for the public to see.

Late last month a 14-year-old made news when she hauled in a blue lobster. That was considered a 1-in-2 million find.

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