What was described as an extremely rare, pumpkin-colored lobster surfaced this summer at Nobu Scottsdale, an upscale Japanese restaurant at Fashion Square Mall.
The kitchen staff recognized its “one-in-30 million uniqueness,” according to a press release, noting that the finding prompted a call to OdySea Aquarium, where it was later donated.
“The chance of finding a lobster this color in the wild is one in 30 million, so we are really fortunate to have it in our collection,” said Director of Animal Care at OdySea Aquarium, Dave Peranteau.
“We are grateful to Nobu for recognizing the lobster’s significance and reaching out to us regarding this incredible ambassador for its species. We look forward to having it on display soon for all our visitors to enjoy!”
Orange lobsters are more likely to live much longer in an aquarium than they would in the wild, where their bright shells would make them an easy target for predators, compared to their mud-colored counterparts, the release said, adding lobsters can live 100 years and grow over three-feet long and more than 40 pounds.
For now, the orange crustacean with large pinchers or claws, is behind the scenes at OdySea Aquarium while the Animal Care Team is developing its ideal habitat where it won’t pinch or hurt another animal, according to the release.