Hands Off This Lobster! No Butter For This Ocean County Celebrity Crustacean
This is one lucky lobster! according to a report in the Asbury Park Press, a rare lobster was spotted in an Ocean County supermarket and after consideration, the employees decided to spare this one.
Workers in the "Stop and Shop" in Toms River found this guy while sorting incoming fresh seafood, a rare "orange" lobster!
How rare are "orange" lobsters? "Unofficial estimates are in the range of 1 in a million, although I have not seen a scientific assessment of the actual proportion they comprise of the wild population," said Rick Wahle, the director of Lobster Institute at the University of Maine.
It was rare enough to get employees' attention in Toms River. The "Stop and Shop" is now trying to find a more suitable environment for the lobster, which you can go and see if you're curious. This "orange" lobster is on display in the Lakewood Road store live tank.
Maybe we should name this crustacean? I was thinking "sunshine" because it's orange, like a nice summer sun? Just an idea.
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Have YOU ever seen an "orange" lobster?
Good news: according to the APP report, Stop & Shop spokesperson Stefanie Shuman said so far they've received some interest from Rutgers' Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Let's hope this special guy gets a long life underwater somewhere here in the Garden State....we will keep you posted.