TOMS RIVER — Stop & Shop’s rare orange lobster has been saved.
The crustacean, which the Asbury Park Press wrote about in July when it was in the grocery market’s live seafood tank, has a new home at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.
The zoo has named him Fred and placed him in their aquarium. According to the zoo, he has become one of their keeper’s favorite residents. The aquarium, however, is not open to the public currently due to the pandemic.
How rare is the orange lobster, besides being rare enough to merit its being taken out of the food chain?
Rick Wahle, the director of Lobster Institute at the University of Maine said unofficial estimates are in the range of one in a million, although he’s not seen a scientific assessment of the actual proportion they comprise of the wild population.
Stop & Shop employees at the Lakewood Road store noticed the oddity in a shipment of lobsters in July and set the hardshell favorite aside in its tank.
Employees posted a sign, “The orange lobster is not for sale.”
The grocery chain then began contacting local aquariums to find a home.
Original story: A rare lobster at Toms River’s Stop & Shop gets a reprieve. Here’s why.
When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected]
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