Rare Yellow Lobster Calls Local Aquarium Home

September 7, 2010 Updated Sep 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 7, 2010 Updated Sep 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - We've all heard of restaurants offering a lobster special, but how about a special lobster? The Aquarium of Niagara is now boasting a yellow lobster. These yellow lobsters are extremely rare, since it's caused by a genetic mutation, and is something that occurs only once in every 30 million lobsters. The 4-pound lobster was caught back in July off the coast of Nova Scotia and a staffer at a food service plant in Rochester realized the crustacean's uniqueness. The company decided to donate the lobster to the aquarium.

"We've given new life to this wonderful creature," said Aquarium of Niagara Executive Director Nancy Chapin. "He didn't end up on someone's dinner plate, so now a lot more folks can enjoy this awesome creature."

The yellow lobster is now on exhibit in the Rocky Atlantic Coast Exhibit, and officials believe he is around 10 years old.

"People think it's neat," said Dan Arcara, aquarium exhibits supervisor. "When he's out walking around in the exhibit, people will say 'wow look at the size of that lobster', and 'why is it yellow'?"

According to government experts, the average lifespan of a lobster is estimated around 50 years.

"He'll definitely have many, many years here," added Arcara.

Aquarium of Niagara is also in the running to receive a $50,000 grant for a new state-of-the-art coral reef exhibit. The top 10 aquariums who receive the most online votes will receive the cash and voting will end on September 30th. For more information, click here.