We kid, we kid! Toby, our blue lobster, has always been this shade, due to a genetic variation that occurs in 1 of every 2 million lobsters.
Today, this very special lobster joined our close to 20,000 animals at National Aquarium, Baltimore!
Toby is the newest resident in the Atlantic Shelf gallery in our Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit. This exhibit depicts the continental shelf habitat off the coast of Maryland and has plenty of cave-like structures perfect for Toby! Lobsters are bottom dwellers and tend to settle on the ocean floor, where they like to hide in caves and crevices.
In June of 2012, Toby was donated to the National Aquarium after being caught by John Gourley on his fishing boat, the Pot Luck, near Ocean City, MD. He spent 16 months at our Washington, DC venue until it closed in September, due to renovations. Toby is one of the 1,700 animals that were transported from DC to our Baltimore facility, including one of our other new residents, Brownie the loggerhead turtle!
Check in soon to hear more about how Toby is adapting to his new home!