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Ultra rare blue lobster gets spared from the dinner plate after fishmongers found it a forever home

Charisa Bossinakis

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Ultra rare blue lobster gets spared from the dinner plate after fishmongers found it a forever home

Fishmongers have spared a blue lobster’s life after it was discovered off the coast of western France.

CBS News reported that with the help of the tourism office on the island of Yeu, fishmongers have found a home for the crustacean to live a long and happy life.

The blue lobster will be released into a region on the island that doesn’t allow fishing.

So, you won’t find any blue lobster rolls anytime soon.

Credit: Facebook/Les Viviers de Noirmoutier
Credit: Facebook/Les Viviers de Noirmoutier

According to Les Viviers de Noirmoutier, a seafood retailer in France, blue lobsters are extremely rare, one in two million to be exact!

In their Facebook post, the tourism office said they hadn’t yet named the striking sea creature and encouraged users to make some suggestions.

Blue Velvet? Blue Ivy? Blue Jasmine? Ah, we can keep them coming.


Typically, lobsters are murky brown or dark green. However, vibrant yellow, pink, and blue hues have also been discovered in extremely rare cases.

According to Lobster Anywhere, blue lobsters result from a single mutation piece of the SNA of American lobsters.

This mutation leads to the overproduction of one particular protein, giving the creature a blue pigment instead of its usually murky brown or orange colour.

While our little Blue Jasmine is a unique find, this isn’t the first time a lobster has been spared from the plate.


Last year in July, the American seafood restaurant Red Lobster found a one in thirty million bright orange lobster they nicknamed ‘Cheddar’ in honour of the franchise's delicious Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

Hmmm, not so red lobster, after all.

Cheddar came from the fishing boats of the Northern Atlantic before making her way to the Red Lobster restaurant in Hollywood, Florida.


However, once the creature made its way to the kitchen, chefs were caught off guard by its incredibly bright colour.

According to a press release issued by the seafood franchise, employees donated her to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Mario Roque, The Red Lobster manager, who rallied to save her, said: “Sometimes ordinary miracles happen, and Cheddar is one of them.

“A group of incredible people helped us make this possible. We are so honoured to have been able to save Cheddar and find her a good home.”


However, PETA demanded the lobster be relinquished from the aquarium and set free into the ocean.

"Most lobsters turn a bright reddish hue after they’ve been plunged into boiling water and died in agony, but Cheddar is ruddy by nature, and she deserves to be returned to her ocean home instead of sentenced to a life of deprivation in an aquarium tank,” a spokesperson said at the time.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Les Viviers de Noirmoutier

Topics: News, Animals, World News

Charisa Bossinakis
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