(Meredith) – A rare speckled lobster who narrowly escaped being served at a Red Lobster restaurant in Virginia will now live out his days in the public eye.
The lobster, now named Freckles, has unique calico coloring that is only seen in 1 in 30 million lobsters.
The lobster caught the eye of the cooks at a Red Lobster recently in Manassas, Virginia. Knowing this lobster looked incredibly special, they called conservation experts.
Freckles is now living as the new star of the Virginia Living Museum. The museum’s Training and Enrichment Coordinator Britt Sorensen said Freckles is an amazing tool for education and she is very excited for the public to see him.
“It's really great [the Red Lobster cooks] saw an opportunity to help this animal out and give him a home, and it contributes to education of natural things,” Sorensen told WTKR.
Sorensen said Freckles' unique speckles come from a protein deficiency, which also makes him prone to predators.
Experts are unsure how old Freckles is or how big he will get, but they know one thing for sure – he is savvy and smart.
“Some scientists think [lobsters] are almost as intelligent as octopus,” Sorensen told WTKR.
Freckles will now get used to his new home in a quarantine period before showing off his snazzy shell to the public.