NORTH ATTLEBORO — A lucky lobster that ended up in the local Stop & Shop lobster tank for sale and would have ended up as someone’s supper has been spared.
The crustacean, pulled from the Gulf of Maine or somewhere in Canadian waters, according to Stop & Shop spokesperson Amy Thibault, won a reprieve and a much longer life thanks to its unusual color — orange.
It was removed from the tank and sent to Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, R.I., where the humans who go there to view and learn about a large variety of sea life will look at it in wonder.
Most lobsters don’t turn orange until they are plunked into a steaming pot of water and are boiled alive.
In fact, there’s a one in 30 million chance that a lobster will be orange before its time, according to one expert.
That’s a very lucky lobster.
The lobster in the North Attleboro store wasn’t the only one spared by the supermarket giant in the last week or so.
Three others, which have since been named Moe, Larry and Curly, were plucked from a lobster tank in the Cromwell, Conn. store and sent to Beavertail State Park’s aquarium in Jamestown, R.I., according to Thibault.
She said the Cromwell lobsters all are doing well in their new home.
A spokesperson for Biomes center was not available to comment on the condition of the North Attleboro lobster.
In a quote provided by Stop & Shop, Emily Gamage at Beavertail State Park aquarium said the orange lobsters are extremely rare, even more rare than the famous blue lobsters which make it into the news from time to time.
“Their genetic code makes the yellowish layer of their shell express itself most, giving them a yellow/orange color,” Gamage told Stop & Shop. “Yellow lobsters have a 1 in 30 million chance of occurrence, much more rare than blue lobsters which are a 1 in 2 million genetic occurrence.”
Eventually they will begin to express themselves in ways other than color, she said.
“They actually have distinct personalities as they get older and more comfortable in their tanks,” Gamage said.