The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is going to be welcoming a colorful new resident.
A rare blue lobster, caught in the Atlantic, was delivered to Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar on Cape Cod, which saved it from the steamer pot. The one-in-every two-million mutation won’t be cooked by the popular eatery — instead the owners plan to donate it to St. Louis’ new aquarium in honor of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup win.
Details of the transport are still being arranged, but native New Englander Erin Clark, the director of animal projects for zoOceanarium, the operator of the St. Louis Aquarium, will personally escort the esteemed guest back to St. Louis.
Arnold’s reached out to the St. Louis Aquarium through social media and will be talking with the aquarium’s animal curator to make sure that “Little Blue,” as the lobster was nicknamed by the restaurant, will be well cared for in the new facility.
Even though the Arnold’s staff admits on Facebook to being Bruins fans, they felt that the lobster belonged in St. Louis to celebrate the Blues victory.
“We are thrilled that Arnold’s thought of St. Louis and that we will be able to move the lobster to a safe, new environment,” says Aaron Sprowl, curator of the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. “We will be arranging to pick it up and will work on creating an exhibit that will allow our visitors to view and learn about this very rare animal.”
Opening in late 2019, the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is being created in a 120,000 square foot, two-story footprint. It will be home to more than 13,000 animals in a million gallons of water. The aquarium is under construction in the National Historic Landmark St. Louis Union Station, built in 1894 as the biggest and busiest train terminal in the United States. The $187 million family entertainment complex also will feature the St. Louis Wheel, a 200-foot-tall observation wheel, and other attractions and restaurants. The complex is home to the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton.
Via Press Release