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Rare orange lobster rescued by fishmonger and rehomed in Blackpool aquarium

The chances of the lobster being orange were one in 30 million, according to Sea Life Blackpool.

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The lobster had been destined to be eaten, but is now at home in an aquarium (Sea Life Blackpool/PA)

The lobster had been destined to be eaten, but is now at home in an aquarium (Sea Life Blackpool/PA)

The lobster had been destined to be eaten, but is now at home in an aquarium (Sea Life Blackpool/PA)

A “one in 30 million” orange Canadian lobster has been saved by a fishmonger and rehomed in a Blackpool aquarium.

Fishmonger Steve Atkinson spotted the carrot-coloured crustacean in a crate from Canada after it was delivered to Neve Fishmongers in Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Mr Atkinson said the shellfish “stood out dramatically” from its fellows and contacted Sea Life Blackpool – where it was revealed to the public on Tuesday in its new home.

The species is usually a speckled dark brown, only turning a bright orangey-red when cooked.

Scott Blacker, the curator at Sea Life Blackpool, said the rescued invertebrate’s apricot shades are “extremely rare”.

“Its striking and extremely unusual orange colour is actually only found in one in 30 million Canadian lobster,” said Mr Blacker.

“It really is something very special.

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When alive, Canadian lobsters are usually dark brown in colour (Sea Life Blackpool)

When alive, Canadian lobsters are usually dark brown in colour (Sea Life Blackpool)

When alive, Canadian lobsters are usually dark brown in colour (Sea Life Blackpool)

“For this reason, we have taken care of the lobster which remained in quarantine with us for 21 days.

“From today, Tuesday, he is on permanent display to the public in one of our main tanks and we will, of course, be ensuring it has a forever caring and loving home.”

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