Stop & Shop’s rare orange lobster gets new home at Turtle Back Zoo

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TOMS RIVER — Stop & Shop’s rare orange lobster has been saved.  Click to expand UP NEXT 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 […]

TOMS RIVER — Stop & Shop’s rare orange lobster has been saved. 

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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.  



a close up of an animal: Toms River Stop & Shops' rare orange lobster has found a new home in Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The supermarket chain got the lobster in one of its seafood deliveries in July and set the crustacean aside.


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Toms River Stop & Shops’ rare orange lobster has found a new home in Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The supermarket chain got the lobster in one of its seafood deliveries in July and set the crustacean aside.

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.

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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]

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Stop & Shop’s rare orange lobster gets new home at Turtle Back Zoo

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