SINGAPORE - The S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has welcomed a new addition to its collection of crustaceans - a rare American blue lobster.
Flown in from Mystic Aquarium in the United States last month as part of a collaborative effort to exhibit unique species, the lobster gets its vivid blue colour from a genetic abnormality that causes it to produce excessive amounts of a certain protein.
The chances of such an abnormality occurring is said to be one in two million.
RWS said in a press release on Thursday (July 7) that while many species of lobster have blue speckles near their joints, a lobster that is completely blue is a rare find.
It added that the S.E.A. Aquarium will be Asia's first aquarium to showcase one.
Measuring 30cm long and weighing about 500g, the lobster will be showcased as part of the oceanarium's Tropical Seafest, which unveils new and rare fish species at three thematic habitats.
The lobster's habitat near the Coral Garden is designed to mimic its natural environment, and comes with a sandy bottom, cobbled areas and rocky crevices for hiding.
It will be fed on a diet consisting of molluscs, a variety of cut fish and clams.
During its 40-hour journey to Singapore, the lobster was kept in a climate-controlled chest with temperatures kept at between 0 and 3 degrees Celsius. The chest was also layered with moistened paper to provide cushioning and moisture to keep its gills damp and cool.
The American lobster is found in Canada and the US, particularly in the New England region.
Fishermen who chance upon blue lobsters believe they are symbols of good luck and prosperity, and usually do not consume them due to their rarity.