Lobsters are a common dish in many restaurants. There are even sites that have exclusively focused on this delicious crustacean that can be found throughout the east coast of the United States.
As you know by now, the vast majority of lobsters are dark reddish in color because that way it is easier to hide from predators. But a restaurant in Manassas, Virginia, recently received a shipment of fresh lobsters and employees began sorting them to later be cooked and served at diners. And during the review, they noticed a very particular lobster that surprised them.
Red Lobster employees saw some very rare color patterns in one of the lobsters they received and soon realized that they were facing a very strange specimen, so different that only 1 in 30 million lobsters are like that.
This incredible animal has a mottled crust with orange and black spots that make it particularly special. Calico lobster is how this strange mutation in the pigmentation of these animals is known and they are extremely rare.
“Calico-colored lobsters like Freckles are so rare, it was almost unbelievable that we received one,” a Red Lobster spokesperson told Kxan.
Immediately, the restaurant employees knew that this animal would have to receive special treatment. They separated it from the rest that would be put for consumption, named it ‘Freckles’, and quickly reached out to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, so they could evaluate this strange creature.
The authorities came to the site and verified that the find was true, so they took the lobster for studies and decided to keep it.
Now, this lobster has found a new home, it is being exhibited in the coming weeks at the Virginia Living Museum where visitors from all over the world will be able to appreciate the beautiful rarity of its colors.
We are glad that this lobster originally destined to be a delicious dinner for someone has been rescued and now thanks to its unique characteristics it receives an almost celebrity treatment.