Published On: Thu, Jun 21st, 2012

Rare orange lobsters arrive in Boston seafood restaurant

The vast majority of wild lobsters are a mottled brown, although very rare specimens scramble across the sea floor sporting more peculiar colors, and about one in 10 million are bright orange.

ABC reports that not one, but SIX showed in a recent shipment to a Mansfield, Massachusetts seafood restaurant.

Photo of the orange lobsters, compared to a regular version Photo/FreshCatchInc.com

While unpacking a 20-crate shipment of lobsters, the retail manager noticed something odd — five of the lobsters appeared to have been cooked already.

“When he pulled them out, he said, ‘Oh my God, boss, look, they put the cooked lobsters in with the live lobsters,’” said Bill Sarro, owner of Fresh Catch.

The chances of finding an orange lobster are in the ballpark of one in 10 million, according to Tony LaCasse, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium.

“One in 10 million? It doesn’t get much better than that,” Sarro said. “It has been unbelievable.”

The lobsters originated in the Magdalen Islands of Quebec, LaCasse said. Sarro received two females and four males, all weighing between 1¼ and 2 pounds.

“The orange color of the lobsters is outstanding. It’s a goldfish or jack o’ lantern orange,” LaCasse said. “They’re big, lustrous-looking lobsters.”

Sarro said guests have been coming to the restaurant to get a peek at the unusual crustaceans and that the lobsters are going to remain in the restaurant’s tank for now.

“Customers come in and they all ask about them, so I bring them over to the back and let them take a look,” he said. “They’re not for sale, though. We’re going to keep them here in the tank and let people come and see them to enjoy the naturalness of them.”

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