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Halloween-colored lobster caught off Mass. coast

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New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernseind / AP

This image released by the New England Aquarium shows a one-pound female lobster, known as a “split,” that was caught by a Massachusetts fisherman last week and arrived at the aquarium in Boston Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Officials say such rare Halloween coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters.

BOSTON — A Massachusetts fisherman has caught a creepy-looking lobster that's colored to match Halloween. The New England Aquarium says the 1-pound female lobster has an orange side and a black side, with the colors split perfectly down the middle. Marine officials say such coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters. The fisherman who caught the seasonally colored crustacean in a trap last week is from Beverly, a seaside community 20 miles northeast of Boston. The rare lobster is known as a split. Aquarium officials said Wednesday splits have been caught in Maine, Rhode Island and Nova Scotia in the last 10 years.

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