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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 07:35 GMT 08:35 UK
Rare albino lobster carrying eggs
Albino lobster
It is unlikely the lobster will have albino babies, experts say
The Guernsey Aquarium is celebrating the find that a rare albino lobster has been fertilised and is carrying eggs.

The crustacean was caught earlier this month by fisherman David Gillingham off the coast of Alderney.

Aquarium staff discovered she is carrying hundreds of eggs under her tail. It could take another year before they hatch.

Albino lobsters are extremely unusual because their pale colour makes them easy targets for predators.

David Miller from Guernsey Aquarium said: "It's a real bonus.

"I would imagine she's probably bred with a blue lobster - for her to have found another albino lobster would be quite remote."

The last known albino lobster to be discovered in the UK was caught 12 miles (19km) north-west of Alderney in July last year by fisherman Lloyd Turner.


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