New York Restaurant Pardons 1-in-30-Million Yellow Lobster

‘Ruby’ is on display at Burger & Lobster’s American flagship in New York City’s Flatiron District
Yellow Lobster

Burger & Lobster

The yellowish hue is the result of a genetic mutation.

The owners of the Burger & Lobster flagship in New York City “pardoned” one of the lobsters they received in a shipment from Nova Scotia because of its unusual coloring, DNAinfo detailed.

Turns out Ruby (the name given to the lobster) is a yellow lobster, a rare one-in-30-million find, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine.

“We thought it would be nice to celebrate her a little bit, so we named her Ruby and plopped her in her own tank at the restaurant,” said Steven Costello, co-owner of Burger & Lobster. “It was so cool when we discovered her, we had to enjoy her.”

It seems that Ruby stands out not only for her coloring but her temperament as well. “Generally speaking, unless you touch them they’re pretty docile,” Costello said. “But Ruby, if you go up and look at her in the tank she gets her claws up, ready to fight. She definitely has her own personality.”

You can see Ruby on display at the restaurant while Costello looks for a permanent home for her to be admired by many.

Check out our story on a fisherman’s one-in-2-million catch.


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