Rare orange lobster is re-homed after chance discovery

7 October 2020, 03:52 | Updated: 7 October 2020, 07:09

A rare orange Canadian lobster has been rescued and re-homed in a Blackpool aquarium.

The "one in 30 million" crustacean was spotted by fishmonger Steve Atkinson in a crate from Canada after it was delivered to Neve Fishmongers in Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Mr Atkinson said it "stood out dramatically" and he contacted Sea Life Blackpool where it is now on permanent display.

Lobsters are usually a very dark brown or grey - a better colour for camouflage - but they turn bright orange when cooked, so the uncooked lobster's apricot shade was "extremely rare".

Scott Blacker, the curator at Sea Life Blackpool, said: "Its striking and extremely unusual orange colour is actually only found in one in 30 million Canadian lobster.

"It really is something very special.

"For this reason, we have taken care of the lobster which remained in quarantine with us for 21 days.

"He is on permanent display to the public in one of our main tanks and we will, of course, be ensuring it has a forever caring and loving home."