Rare Blue Lobster Saved After Staff At Red Lobster Noticed Its Unusual Colour
A super rare blue lobster was rescued from ending up someone's plate after a staff member at, a somewhat ironically named, Red Lobster noticed its colouring and called in a zoo to take the creature.
An employee at a Red Lobster branch in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, noticed the unusual colour of the lobster as they were unloading a delivery.
Realising that this wasn't your average lobster, they got in touch with conservationists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Red Lobster is part of a statewide conservation partnership, called Seafood Watch, as is Akron Zoo, where the lucky lobster now resides, after the aquarium reached out to them.
The lobster, which staff at the restaurant named Clawde, was described as 'very, very rare', by the zoo.
In a post on social media, the zoo said: "Your Akron Zoo has adopted a rare blue American lobster from a Red Lobster after restaurant employees recognised the rarity of the blue shell.
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"The connection between the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster came from a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch. The program, run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, strives to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean. Both the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster are conservation partners with Seafood Watch.
"After Red Lobster employees discovered the blue lobster, named Clawde by the restaurant chain after their mascot, they contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who then reached out to us. Our animal care staff was able to quickly spring into action and prepare a new home for him.
"Blue lobsters are very rare, occurring one in every two million. The blue coloration of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly."
The post went on to say that the lobster is now getting used to his new life.
It added: "Clawde is acclimating to his new home here at the Akron Zoo, in a special tank that has been dubbed 'Clawde's Man Cave' by his care team.
"Clawde now resides in the our Komodo Kingdom building, which is currently closed to guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Featured Image Credit: Akron Zoo