A rare blue lobster escaped the fate that awaited it after the Ohio restaurant it was discovered at sent it off to a zoo instead of a boiling pot in its kitchen.
The curious crustacean was delivered to a Red Lobster restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls last week. However, an employee quickly recognized one of the lobsters did not look like the others. Turns out it was a 1 in 2 million blue lobster (the shell’s unique coloring is caused by a genetic anomaly).
Perhaps not coincidentally, Red Lobster offers “the blue lobster award” to long-time employees.
“At first it looked like it was fake,” culinary manager Anthony Stein told NPR. “It’s definitely something marvelous to look at.”
The lobster, named Clawde, was sent off to the Akron Zoo as part of a special program after the employees contacted its corporate office.
Both the restaurant chain and the zoo are part of Seafood Watch, a program run by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium that helps help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean.
In a Facebook post, the Akron Zoo said that Clawde was safely transported to the zoo by its animal care staff who have set up a habitat for the lobster dubbed “Clawde’s Man Cave,” despite the lobster being a female. However, the area is off-limits to zoo visitors currently because of the coronavirus.
Zoo staff told NPR that they hoped they’d be able to find a way to put Clawde on public display after the lobster becomes fully acclimated to its new environment, sheds and renews her shell.
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