Posted at 8:21 AM ET on July 26, 2020
The newest resident who can call the home of the Akron Zoo is a blue lobster from Red Lobster.
The crustacean was rescued from the day’s catch at Cuyahoga Falls Red’s Black Lobster restaurant when sharp-eyed workers rarely noticed its blue color among live lobsters.
The institute at the University of Maine Omar says the probability of catching a blue lobster is one in 200 million. The bluish color of the shell is the result of a genetic abnormality.
The restaurant reached the Akron Zoo on Friday to place an order to donate the rare find.
Zoo spokeswoman Elena Bell said a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch, run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, helped coordinate the donation of the rare American lobster.
The lobster is placed in isolation in the so-called Man Cave tank at the zoo before he can join his new friends, who call the building the Kingdom of Komodo.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the building of the Komodo Kingdom Zoo is temporarily closed to the public.
But don’t worry too much, as American lobsters are known to live up to 100 years.
And unlike most of its saltwater inhabitants at the zoo, this blue lobster will be named.
Its name is “Clawde” after the famous lobster mascot for the national seafood chain.
This report was provided by the Akron Beacon Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network.
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