Two very rare orange lobsters which were about to be sold at a fish counter were hosted at the Sea Life Center in Birmingham.
They were spotted at Leicester’s Makro store by customer Joseph Lee, who urged store management to donate the incredible shellfish rather than sell it.
Only one in 30 million Canadian lobsters has a naturally orange shell, most of them having a brown, almost blue tint to camouflage themselves in the wild. Leicestershire Live Reports.
Sea Life Birmingham has now confirmed that lobsters have made their home in its center.
A spokesperson said: “Two extremely rare orange Canadian lobsters have been rescued and will be relocated to Sea Life Birmingham.
“An eagle-eyed shopper spotted the couple at a Leicester fishmonger and reported the remarkable shellfish to the counter manager.
“The manager has already realized that these examples are incredibly rare; in fact, only one in 30 million Canadian lobsters is naturally orange.
“In fact, unless cooked, they usually have a dark brown, almost blue tint, for camouflage purposes, which is why this vivid duo stood out.
“After quick conversations between the fish counter team and the creature care professionals at Sea Life to organize a forever home, the lobsters will now, after a health check and three week quarantine, settle in. permanently in the Bay of Ray exhibit at the Birmingham Aquarium.
“In an incredibly unusual chain of events, this pair is the second and even the third orange addition to the Sea Life family of creatures in less than 12 months, with the Birmingham sister site in Blackpool hosting another orange lobster in October 2020. “
Jonny Rudd, curator of Sea Life Birmingham, said: ‘There is a one in 30 million chance of seeing a naturally orange live lobster – so for one member of the public to run into two and successfully relocate them where they can be seen in their citric splendor by thousands of visitors is a truly remarkable result.
“Our animal care team will be monitoring their health during quarantine before the colorful couple can permanently introduce themselves to our guests.”