A rare blue American lobster adopted by the Akron Zoo in Ohio recently made her public debut, according to a press release.
Blue lobsters are very rare, occurring one in every 2 million. The blue coloration of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly.
The lobster was adopted from a Red Lobster restaurant last year and was named Clawdia.
Clawdia came to live at the Akron Zoo and now resides in a habitat in the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom building. The lobster was first moved to the zoo in July 2020 after restaurant employees at the Cuyahoga Falls location recognized the rarity of the blue shell.
The connection between the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster resulted from a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch, a program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The program strives to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean.
After Red Lobster employees discovered the blue lobster, they contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which then reached out to the Akron Zoo.
After Clawdia made the move to the Akron Zoo, she went through a quarantine process and was given time to acclimate to her new home before her public debut on Feb. 13.
Molting can makes lobsters very vulnerable, and Clawdia was no exception, after her long journey the previous summer.
Clawdia’s new exoskeleton after the molt was not solid blue as before. Instead, Clawdia is now more rainbow-colored, featuring blue, yellow, green and orange colors.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $8 per person. Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 1,000 animals from around the world. Children under two are free and parking is $3. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
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