This week, a Red Lobster employee in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, found a rare blue lobster in a delivery. Instead of just adding "blue lobster" as a special on the menu and cooking it up, the employee fortunately recognized how rare blue lobsters are and notified the restaurant to find it a new home. About one in every two million lobsters is blue, due to a genetic anomaly that makes the shell blue.
Reb Lobster staff named the blue lobster Clawde after the restaurant's mascot. The restaurant then contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which then reached out to the Akron Zoo, where the lobster was given a new home in the Komodo Kingdom building, currently closed to the public due to the pandemic.
"Our animal care staff was able to quickly spring into action and prepare a new home for him," the zoo said on Facebook. "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."
While this incident was a surprising and rare discovery, finding a colored lobster is not unheard of. In May 2019, a Massachusetts restaurant also found a blue lobster in their shipment and sent it to a local aquarium. Later in 2019, a fisherman in Maine caught a rare cotton-candy colored lobster twice. A month after that, another Maine fisherman caught an extremely rare two-toned red and black lobster.