Extremely Rare Ghost Lobster Netted off Achill Island

Local fisherman Charlie O’Malley’s catch was a rare one indeed – the odds of netting an incredibly rare Ghost lobster is believed to be an astronomical 1 in a 100 million.

Rare Ghost Lobster Achill Island

Albino lobster caught off Achill Island (Credit: Sean Molloy)

O’Malley was fishing off the coast of Achill Island last week when he discovered the white lobster caught in his nets. It’s estimated that only 1 in 100 million lobsters are albino, entirely lacking in colored pigments.




The unusual Ghost lobster has escaped the dinner table and was donated to the Achill Experience, Mayo’s first aquarium that recently celebrated its first anniversary. 

*In an somewhat related matter, Charlie, if you could get in touch, Coast Monkey would love your help picking our lottery numbers!

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