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Local lobsterman donates yellow lobster to university

Feb 05, 2021
Courtesy of: the University of New England Banana the lobster is one in about 30 million.

Biddeford — A Tenants Harbor lobsterman has donated a rare yellow lobster to the University of New England’s Marine Science Center in Biddeford.

As reported by Dennis Hoey, of the Portland Press Herald, the lobster, which has been named Banana, was donated by Marley Babb, a Tenants Harbor lobsterman, who caught the crustacean.

Babb initially contacted the Maine Department of Marine Resources. DMR’s Jessica Waller, who is working on a lobster research project with UNE’s Markus Frederich, arranged to have the lobster delivered to the university’s Biddeford campus. The New England Aquarium said wild lobsters with yellow shells are extremely rare — only one in about 30 million.

The UNE is sharing an $860,000 grant from the National Science Foundation with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and Hood College in Maryland to study the impact that a warming Gulf of Maine is having on lobster larvae and their ability to grow to adulthood.

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