Rare Blue Lobster Saved by Red Lobster Employees and Sent to Zoo

August 7, 2020
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Your Akron Zoo has adopted a rare blue American lobster from a

Red Lobster

after restaurant employees recognized the rarity of the blue shell.

The connection between the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster came from a conservation partnership called

Seafood Watch

. The program, run by the

Monterey Bay Aquarium

, strives to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean. Both the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster are conservation partners with Seafood Watch.

After Red Lobster employees discovered the blue lobster, named Clawde by the restaurant chain after their mascot, they contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who then reached out to us. Our animal care staff was able to quickly spring into action and prepare a new home for him.
Blue lobsters are very rare, occurring one in every 2 million. The blue coloration of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly.
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. Clawde now resides in the our Komodo Kingdom building, which is currently closed to guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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