Just a month after staff at a Red Lobster restaurant found a rare, orange lobster among the shellfish, a second orange lobster has been found at a separate location!
The first orange lobster, Cheddar, was rescued from a restaurant in Hollywood, Florida.
According to a press release, from Red Lobster, orange lobsters like Cheddar are extremely rare – one-in-30-million.
The chances of finding a second orange lobster so soon after the first seem unlikely, but that’s exactly what happened.
In the press release, Red Lobster revealed that a Red Lobster restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi had an orange lobster among its shellfish. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies stepped in to rescue the unique lobster, who they nicknamed Biscuit.
Because of the back-to-back discovery of the supposedly one-in-30-million lobster, Ripley’s has set out to study the color anomaly.
In the press release, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Director of Husbandry, Jared Durrett, stated:
“Orange lobsters are uncommon but perhaps not as rare as we first thought. Lobsters obtain their color through the pigments they ingest in their diet. If these orange lobsters are being harvested from the same region, perhaps their localized diet contains a pigment that, when paired with the lobster’s genetics, creates the orange coloration we are seeing.”
Red Lobster has partnered with Ripley’s to help them study the unusual orange lobsters. The restaurant chain will provide Ripley’s with information on where the lobsters are coming from and other data from the fishermen.
Nicole Bott with Red Lobster stated in the press release: “We are hearing from our fishermen in the area where both Cheddar and Biscuit were caught that they are seeing a lot of orange lobsters this time of year. This seems to indicate the coloring is coming from a different food source. We’re excited to support Ripley’s research into this and learn more about our changing lobster populations.”
While Biscuit will be used for research, he’ll also be on display for the public at the Ripley’s Aquarium.Whizzco