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Runner Rhys spots rare striking BLUE lobster washed up on Saltburn beach

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The blue lobster washed up on Saltburn beach © Rhys Westwood The blue lobster washed up on Saltburn beach

A runner has spoken of his shock after finding a 'one in two million' sea creature washed up on Saltburn beach.

Military man Rhys Westwood couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted a blue lobster on his weekend run at Saltburn beach last week. Mr Westwood, of Brotton, said he spotted the rare find near shallow water on his lunchtime jog.

He said: "I was quite surprised at first. I was the only one there as other people were further up on the sand dunes and it was right in front of me washed up dead. I saw a video about fishermen out at sea who caught a blue lobster before so I knew straight away what it was and how rare they are. I searched it and they're about one in two million.

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"There was a claw missing and part of the shell missing, I'm not sure what happened to it."

According to National Geographic, a genetic mutation could cause the cotton candy colour, affecting the proteins that bind to the pigments. A spokesperson said these mutations can produce some crazy results - brilliant blue or yellow lobsters, speckled calicos, or even two-toned split lobsters. It is also believed an unusual diet could cause the rare colouring.

Mr Westwood, 22, regularly runs to Redcar and back home at the weekends and it's not the only strange find he has spotted, he said he once saw a washed up baby seal during the covid pandemic.

His colourful discovery comes after large swathes of dead sea creatures including starfish, crabs, fish and razor clam shells washed up again on Teesside's beaches this week.

A long line of dead and dying creatures and shellfish were noticed along the stretch of sands between Marske and Saltburn. It raised concerns about the wash ups, which have come almost a year after mass crustacean deaths were noted along the same stretch of beach.

Pictures from the area show a long line of seaweed on the beach intermingled with what locals have described as sea creatures of all kinds. Many are dead, say people living in the area, who have reported the findings to the Environment Agency.

Mr Westwood added: "I've seen dead crabs and things lately, something has changed because there's a lot more washing up. I've never seen the beaches like this before, it's not good."

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