Massachusetts restaurant wants to donate blue lobster to St. Louis aquarium

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Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar, a restaurant in Eastham, Massachusetts, about two hours from downtown Boston, had a rare find in a recent order of live lobsters — a blue lobster.

It probably wouldn’t be a newsworthy development under normal circumstances, but the nearby hockey team — the Boston Bruins — was just defeated in the Stanley Cup Final by the St. Louis … Blues. That is going to play a role in the fate of the colorful crustacean.

Instead of serving it, Nathan Nickerson III plans on keeping it on display at his restaurant for another week or so before donating it an aquarium, as he told to CNN. His aquarium of choice is one that will be opening later this year in St. Louis as a show of respect to the Stanley Cup champion Blues.

“I’d like to give the blue lobster to the St. Louis aquarium out of respect to the St. Louis Blues, who won the championship, to show that Bruins fans have class,” Nickerson said, via CNN.

While it was an intense an physical series on the ice between the two teams (resulting in two different suspensions for Blues players and a number of significant injuries on both sides) there were some good stories off of it, including Blues forward and Conn Smythe winner Ryan O'Reilly buying a random Bruins fan a guitar the night before Game 7 of the series.

It is estimated that only one in every two million lobsters is blue.

They get their color through a genetic mutation that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein that changes the color. On the rare occasion they are caught they are typically put back in the sea or donated to an aquarium.

The Blues defeated the Bruins in seven games — with the Cup-clinching Game 7 taking place in Boston — earlier this week to win the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.