Restaurant Receives 'Incredibly Rare' Blue Lobster | 22 Words

An "incredibly rare" blue lobster was found during a routine delivery of seafood sent to a restaurant in the U.K.

National Lobster Hatchery supervisor, Ben Marshall, told the Daily Mail: "It is very, very rare and very interesting to see a blue lobster.

"Blue lobsters have a different color pigmentation in their shells which means they find it much harder to camouflage so they get preyed upon, reducing their numbers."

The Hare on the Hill restaurant in Rochdale, U.K recently posted on Facebook to share their incredible discovery with locals.

Writing about their find, they said: "Head Chef Austin Hopley has an incredibly rare delivery today, one fully grown, native lobster that's COMPLETELY BLUE?!"

They are currently trying to find a home for the rare lobster, with chef Austin & server Emma "phoning everyone from the Sea Life Centre to The Blue Planet to get our Larry a new home."

They continued: "We'd love to see this incredibly rare creature delivered somewhere to be displayed or even released back to the sea but when it comes to seafaring regulars we're left high & dry. Anyone who can point us in the direction of the lobster rescue society we'd be very grateful."

And it seems their recent find has struck a chord with the workers...

"We've decided Larry shouldn't be the only lobster saved from a grizzly fate just because of his dreamy blue coat. So Austin & Lewi are rewriting our entire menu so that no more lobsters are harmed in the making of our exceptional British small plates. So watch this space for more new dishes, more incredible specials & boundary-pushing food just completely lobster-less."

They are currently waiting to hear back from the director of SEA LIFE Manchester to find Larry a new home.

But this isn't the first time a blue lobster has turned up...


Back in 2016, a blue lobster was caught by fisherman Keith Setter at Ladram Bay in Devon before it was released back into the sea.

And in 2011, 2 fishermen in Dorset were able to capture an albino, or 'crystal,' lobster near Portland Bill before they handed it over to Weymouth Sea Life Park.

Meanwhile, in 2006, fisherman David Percy caught a yellow lobster near Whaleback Island here in the US at the mouth of the Kennebec River.

Back In 2005, Professor Ronald Christensen, at the University of Connecticut, discovered that the reason these rare lobsters are blue is due to a genetic defect.

The defect causes the lobsters to produce excessive levels of a protein that joins with a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin. This then forms a blue hue called crustacyanin and it is this that gives the lobsters their incredible color.

Speaking at the time, Dr. Christensen said: "I suspect more blue lobsters than we realize are born but don't survive because they become major targets for predators.

"The reason you don't want to be a blue lobster is you stick out like a sore thumb."

Fishermen believe that catching a blue lobster is a sign of good luck and tend to release the creatures back into the wild.