If you've ever cooked your own lobster, or even just walked past the lobster tank at a seafood restaurant or grocery store, you know that a live lobster is a brownish color. That coloring helps them blend in the sea floor in the wild. It is only after they are boiled that they turn the familiar bright red.

Occasionally a story of a blue lobster will be pulled up in a pot, and Wiki says the odds of a lobster being blue are between 1 in 1,000,000 to 1 in 2,000,000. That sounds crazy, but the odds of finding an orange lobster are even rarer - allegedly just 1 in 30,000,000!

According to Rick Wahle, the director of Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, "unofficial estimates are in the range of 1 in a million, although I have not seen a scientific assessment of the actual proportion they comprise of the wild population." When asked about Wiki's one-in-thirty-million number, he said the figure has no citation and he can't vouch for it.

Whether its one in a million or one in thirty million, the rarity of this lobster is what led to the Stop & Shop in Toms River choosing to save it from the pot. According to the Asbury Park Press, employees noticed the orange lobster and set it aside. A sign on the tank is informing customers that the specimen is not for sale, and the store has been in touch with the Rutgers' Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources about giving the lobster a permanent home.

Whatever you do, don't give this lil orange fella a nice hot bath to relax.


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