Toby the blue lobster arrives at the National Aquarium

One-in-2 million crustacean discovered near Ocean City in 2012

January 11, 2014

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.

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.

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

Last week, 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.

Julie Scharper

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