The staff at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar first shared news of the brilliant blue lobster’s arrival on June 8, posting photos from owner Nathan Nickerson III and writing on Facebook that the creature had been caught in the Atlantic and delivered by a supplier reports ABC7.
The lobster is still alive, and Arnold’s is planning to either release it back into the ocean or donate it to an aquarium.
When reached on Facebook, the restaurant said they’d never before seen a blue lobster in person. The University of Maine’s Lobster Institute pegs the odds of finding a blue lobster at 1 in 2 million.
“The [blue] coloration comes from a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein that gives the lobster that unique coloration,” the institute explained in a fact sheet about colored lobsters.