June 6th, 2011
The wife of an Island fisherman was reminded of Elvis Presley’s blue suede
shoes when she first set eyes on a lobster caught off the Rustico Beach
“That’s what it reminds me of. It’s just a very brilliant blue,” said Wendy
The canner-size crustacean gained international attention since Blair
Doucette and his brothers hauled the bright blue lobster out of the water.
They were on the last trap of a six-trap line when they stopped to look at
what they’d caught.
A smile formed on Blair’s face when he saw something he’d never seen
“I’ve been fishing for 35 years and this is the first one I’ve ever seen,” he
said. “It was something to see.”
The lobster has a rare genetic mutation that affects one in two million
lobster but is otherwise perfectly healthy and safe to eat.
Fluffy, a name Wendy’s friend from Newfoundland suggested, will stay at
Aiden’s Deep Sea Fishing in North Rustico before being moved to the Rustico
Harbour Fishing Museum later this month.
Norman Peters looks after the museum and said he is looking forward to having
the new guest for families to awe over this summer.
“We have two touch tanks. One with a couple lobsters in it and then the other
one I try and get an eel in with little fish for the kids to watch,” said
Peters. “I say if they can catch that eel I’ll give them $50 but they couldn’t
catch that slimy thing.”
Peters has been fishing lobster for almost 35 years and said he’s seen blue
lobster before but nothing quite like this one.
“I’ve seen them before but never so blue,” he said. “It’s a real blue
The last blue lobster caught off Island shores was in 2009.
Fluffy, I guess we’ll call him, will be tanked up with another lobster before
eventually being returned to the waters.
Blair doesn’t expect he’ll come across something quite this rare ever
“You figure 300 traps a day over 35 years, that’s a lot of traps without
seeing a blue lobster,” he said.
Wendy is counting on Wednesday’s rare odds to help out once more this
“We made sure we bought lottery tickets for tonight,” she laughed. “If we win
he’s done fishing.”
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
23199 46335225 46
his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 46 = And the rest is history…