SCOTTSDALE/SALT RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, AZ –(September 28, 2021 ) – An extremely rare, pumpkin-colored lobster turned up this summer at Nobu Scottsdale, an upscale Japanese restaurant at Fashion Square Mall. Immediately, its kitchen staff recognized its one-in-30 million uniqueness, prompting a call to OdySea Aquarium, where it was later donated.
Orange lobsters are more likely to live much longer in an aquarium than they would in the wild, where their bright shells would make them an easy target for predators, compared to their mud-colored counterparts. Lobsters can live 100 years and grow over three feet long and more than 40 pounds.
For now, the orange crustacean with large pinchers or claws is behind the scenes at OdySea Aquarium while the Animal Care Team is in development of its ideal habitat.
“The chance of finding a lobster this color in the wild is one in 30 million, so we are really fortunate to have it in our collection,” said Director of Animal Care at OdySea Aquarium, Dave Peranteau. “We are grateful to Nobu for recognizing the lobster’s significance and reaching out to us regarding this incredible ambassador for its species. We look forward to having it on display soon for all our visitors to enjoy!”