An orange lobster was discovered among the shellfish at a Red Lobster eatery in Meridian, Mississippi, and the personnel notified Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to to save the critter.
The lobster was given the name Biscuit after the restaurant chain’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits, particularly because the title Cheddar was actually given to another orange lobster rescued from a Florida Red Lobster last month.
Despite the fact that orange lobsters are considered to be one in every 30 million, Ripley’s Aquariums announced that it would begin studying orange lobsters to gain knowledge more about the hue abnormality, according to a Ripley’s press release.
“Orange lobsters are uncommon, but perhaps not as uncommon as we first thought,” said Jared Durrett, director of husbandry at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Durrett continued, “Lobsters obtain their color through the pigments they ingest in their diet. If these orange lobsters are being harvested from the same region, perhaps their localized diet contains a pigment that, when paired with the lobster’s genetics, creates the orange coloration we are seeing.”
Ripley’s stated in a press release that Biscuit is settling into her new place at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg and will be on display later this year.