Red Lobster Employees Discover Rare Blue Lobster

"Clawde" — a one-in-two-million anomaly — is now living happily in his specially made "man cave" at the Akron Zoo.

July 28, 2020

Photo by: Akron Zoo/Facebook

Akron Zoo/Facebook

Here’s to the eagle-eyed employees at a Red Lobster in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who paid attention in science class and can recognize a genetic anomaly when they see one. Thanks to those unnamed workers, a rare blue lobster — a one-in-two-million creature — has skirted its dinner-plate fate and is chillaxing in a specially made tank at the Akron Zoo.

The zoo announced in a Facebook post Sunday that it had adopted the highly unusual blue lobster after Red Lobster employees spotted it — presumably amidst a sea of crustaceans whose coloring gave the chain its name — and contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium, which runs the Seafood Watch conservation program, promoting sustainable farming and fishing, put the Red Lobster in touch with the zoo regarding the blue lobster — and the rest is zoo history.

“Our animal care staff was able to quickly spring into action and prepare a new home for him,” the zoo said of the blue lobster, which Red Lobster employees named “Clawde” after the chain’s mascot.

Photo by: Akron Zoo/Facebook

Akron Zoo/Facebook

A rare “genetic anomaly” is behind the atypical smoky-blue hue of Clawde’s shell, the zoo explained in the post, in which it also shared several photos of the midnight-colored sea creature, including one showing him basking on some rocks in a pretty marine habitat.

“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,” the zoo shared. The “cave” is in the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom building, currently closed to visitors. But when it opens, we’re sure the public will be clawing their way in to get a good look at the zoo’s new blue resident.

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