Red Lobster employee found a rare calico. Now ‘Freckles’ is on display at the Virginia Living Museum.
“Freckles” the calico lobster is no longer under the sea, but he is on display at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.
The rare lobster attracted national media attention after it was found at a Red Lobster Seafood Restaurant in Manassas in late April when an employee noticed the crustacean’s unusual colors.
The Virginia Living Museum staff member traveled to Northern Virginia a few days after the discovery of the freckles to bring Freckles back to her new home. He’s spent several months in quarantine but all of that is about to change.
How Rare are calico lobster
The calico lobster is the third-rarest lobster in the world behind split-colored and albino lobsters. About 1 of every 30 million lobsters in the world is a calico, according to the museum.
The unusual coloring is the result of a problem with the lobster’s DNA coding. It makes it difficult for the lobsters to survive in the wild because they cannot camouflage in their natural habitat.
“Because a calico-colored lobster is so rare and vulnerable in the wild, it was important that we found him a good home versus setting him free in the wild where he likely would not survive,” a Red Lobster spokesperson told CNN.
The Virginia Living Museum and Red Lobster are both parts of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which encourages sustainable seafood for healthier oceans and helped connect Freckles to the museum.
To see the lobster in person, museum tickets are available online at thevlm.org/visit/your-visit/tickets/