Toby the rare blue lobster arrives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

January 07, 2014|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

Toby is one lucky lobster.  

He was born with a blue-hued shell, a 1-in-2 million variation that arises as the result of an excess of a certain protein, according to the University of Maine Lobster Institute. The crew of the Pot Luck fishing boat plucked Toby from the waters near Ocean City in June 2012.  After a few nerve-racking days chilling in the lobster tank at Martin Fish Co. in West Ocean City, Toby was put on display at the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. 

But then the Washington location of the Aquarium closed in September 2013 and Toby and 1,700 other animals from the collection needed to be moved to the Aquarium's Baltimore venue. 

Today, at an age when most of his peers have been dunked in drawn butter or mixed with a little mayonnaise on a bun, Toby arrived in his fourth home. 

Toby will now spend his days wiggling his antennae in the Atlantic Shelf gallery in the "Maryland: Mountains to the Sea" exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He goes on display immediately, so if you'd like to escape the Polar Vortex for the warmth of the Aquarium, you can see him today.

So what's next for Toby the Rare Blue Lobster?  One can only imagine that Disney will come calling soon for the lobster-pot-to-luxury story. We've helped them out by writing a little ditty about Toby, to be sung to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Toby, the Rare Blue Lobster, had a lovely azul hue. 

And if you ever saw him, you would say that he's sky blue.

All of the other lobsters used to laugh and call him names. 

But now they've all been eaten and he's gone onto fame. 

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