Rare Blue Lobster Caught Off O.C. Coast Heading to National Aquarium
WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.- The rare blue-pigmented lobster caught off the coast of Ocean City, Md., last week is now in the hands of National Aquarium officials in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday morning, the aquarium's curator arrived at the Martin Fish Company, where the lobster, nicknamed "Toby," had been kept in a holding tank since last Thursday. The lobster was caught by the crew of the commercial fishing vessel 'Pot Luck' based out of the West Ocean City Harbor.
National Aquarium Curator Jay Bradley, who had never seen a blue lobster in person before, described it as an "awesome" sight.
Bradley, who transported the lobster in an aerated cooler filled with water, says the lobster looks healthy. Still, the lobster will spend two weeks in an observation tank at the National Aquarium, before being placed in an exhibit in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
Ironically, the lobster, caught in the Washington Canyon about 100 miles off the coast of Maryland, will be placed in an exhibit of aquatic species representing the New England coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bradley said a special note will be placed on the tank crediting the crew of the Pot Luck for its catch, and bringing awareness to Maryland's lobster fishing industry.