A calico lobster that has been living a quiet life off the coast of Maine until it was caught and sold to a local fish restaurant. However, a sympathetic staff decided to save the rare lobster with orange and yellow spots that researches claims is 1 in 30 million specimen.
Originally caught off the coast of Winter Harbor, Maine and sold along with several other lobsters, the staff from Jasper White's Summer Shack restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., chose to spare the colorful crustacean's life instead of dooming it to the boiling pot of water.
We happened to be cleaning the tank and I happened to be there,'' said Jasper White, who has presided over a number of Boston restaurants since the late 1970s, reported the Boston Globe. One of my guys said, 'Chef, look at this lobster,' and from across the room I knew it was special.''
The staff discovered the rare lobster, which they decided to name Calvin, in a 1,200-gallon lobster tank. White said sent a picture of the lobster to the New England Aquarium. But before shipping him off, White made sure he gave him a pleasant stay.
I gave him his own special area in the tank, White said, reported the New York Times. I fed him fresh squid and soft shell crab. He had a wonderful time, I doubt if he'll ever eat as well.
The New England Aquarium is keeping Calvin in quarantine for now. They plan to ship him to Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, R.I. where will be on display for school trips and other educational purposes, reported the New York Times.
Once considered extremely rare, researchers are now readjusting their claims.
Calicos are considered a rare color,'' said aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse. They used to say 1 in 30 million.'' However, he also said there are large number of calico's that were found during the summer of 2009. Marine biologists may readjust the previous notion.
On social media, Calvin has become a huge hit. On the New England Aquarium's official Facebook page, many fans expressed their new found love of the rare invertebrate.
Om nom nom. But seriously. He's pretty, wrote Facebook user Tanya Queen.
Leopard lobster!, wrote Facebook user Holly Rose.
He's beautiful!, wrote Facebook user Crystal Harris.
On his way to Rhode Island, the owner of the Marine Biology Center plans a simple means of transportation.
I'm actually going to bring him on the train, in a cooler, said Mark Hall, the marine biologist who owns the center, reported the New York Times. We're just going to take the commuter rail out of Providence.