We all know that blue lobsters are a pretty rare find, but orange lobsters are practically unheard of – in fact, they’re a one in 10 million find.
Now, a restaurant chain in Massachusetts has stumbled upon six of them.
These rare orange lobsters look like they’ve already been cooked.
Bill Sarro of Ocean Fresh Seafood and Restaurant in Mansfield said he’s never seen anything like it in his 30 years in the business. One of his retail managers found them while unpacking a crate.
“He pulled out a bunch of lobsters he thought were already cooked and thought someone was playing a joke on us and put them in a crate – and he picked them up and they started moving and crawling up his arm. He thought it was the best thing ever.”
There were 5 orange lobsters found in Mansfield and another one found in the Fresh Catch North Attleboro location for a grand total of six.
“We’ve seen blue lobsters, but we’ve never carrot-colored lobsters came through the doors.”
Their orange color is the result of a genetic mutation. They were all found off the Magdalen Islands in Maine. They won’t be returning to the wild, and they won’t be showing up on anyone’s dinner plate either.
“No, we’re not selling them. We’re a small family business. Keep everything together.”
Sarro wants to put one of the rare orange lobsters on display in each of his 5 fresh catch locations.
“People can come in and enjoy this one in a 10 million chance to see a lobster like this.”
While these orange creatures are extremely rare, there are some colors that are even harder to find, according to the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute.
The chances of catching a yellow lobster are one in 30 million – and you’re really having a lucky day if you somehow manage to catch an albino lobster.
The chances of finding one are one in 100 million.
More in the video below.
- Live shipment includes not one but six extremely rare orange lobsters (grindtv.com)
- Restaurant unpacks orange lobster (bostonherald.com)
- Live lobsters show up bright orange (wpri.com)