The Akron Zoo has adopted a rare blue American lobster from a Red Lobster restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls after restaurant employees recognized the rarity of the blue shell.
The connection between the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster came from a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch. The program, run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, strives to help consumers and businesses choose seafood that is farmed sustainably and fished in ways to support a healthy ocean. Both the Akron Zoo and Red Lobster are conservation partners with Seafood Watch.
After Red Lobster employees discovered the blue lobster, named Clawde by the restaurant chain after their mascot, they contacted the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who then reached out to the Akron Zoo. The animal care staff at the zoo was able to quickly spring into action and prepare a new home for him.
Blue lobsters are very rare, occurring one in every 2 million. The blue coloration of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly.
Clawde is acclimating to his new home at the Akron Zoo, in a special tank that has been dubbed “Clawde’s Man Cave” by his care team. Clawde now resides in the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom building, which is currently closed to guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Update: After the blue lobster's first veterinary exam a few days after arrival, it was determined that the lobster was female and therefore her name was changed to Clawdia.