Akron Zoo lands catch of the day — a rare blue lobster from Red Lobster in Cuyahoga Falls

Craig Webb
Akron Beacon Journal
Scott Heidler, of the Akron Zoo, carries a cooler to transport "Clawdia" to the Akron Zoo.

AKRON —  The newest resident to call the Akron Zoo home is a blue lobster from Red Lobster.

The crustacean was saved from being the catch of the day at the Cuyahoga Falls Red Lobster restaurant when sharp-eyed workers noticed its rare blue color among the live lobster delivery.

The University of Maine Lobster Institute says the likelihood of catching a blue lobster is one in 200 million. The bluish color of the shell is the result of a genetic anomaly.

The restaurant reached out to the Akron Zoo July 24 to place a take-out order to donate the rare find.

Zoo spokeswoman Elena Bell said a conservation partnership called Seafood Watch run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California helped to coordinate the donation of the rare American lobster.

Originally named Clawde, after the famous lobster mascot for the national seafood chain, the Akron Zoo later posted on its Facebook page “It's a girl! Clawde is now Clawdia, and the proclaimed 'man cave' is now a 'she-shed!'”

According to the post, Clawdia underwent a vet exam on July 26, where the team was able to determine that she was indeed female. "She does have a few bumps and bruises from her journey. The next few months are critical for Clawdia as she prepares for her annual molt, a time that is very vulnerable for lobsters of any color,” the zoo noted in its post.

The lobster has been put into isolation tank at the zoo before it can join its new friends who call the Komodo Kingdom building home.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom building is temporarily closed to the public.

But don’t fret too much as American lobsters have been known to live up to 100 years.