SINGAPORE, July 7 (Xinhua) -- An American blue lobster, a rare marine species that occurs about one in every two million, has been shown in Singapore's S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa as part of a collaborative effort with Mystic Aquarium in the United States to exhibit new and unique species for conservation awareness.
Blue lobsters are so-colored because of a genetic abnormality that causes them to produce excessive amounts of a certain protein, giving them a bright shade of blue. While many species have blue speckles near their joints, lobsters that appear completely blue, such as this, are a rare find.
The blue lobster arrived last month as part of the oceanarium's Tropical Seafest that unveils new and rare fish species at three thematic habitats - Hawaii, California and the Caribbean - along with activities to inspire marine conservation, according to a statement from Resorts World Sentosa on Thursday.
"This is in line with our objectives of educating and inspiring everyone to do their part for marine conservation," said Mr Jason Horkin, Senior Vice President of Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa.
The American lobster, also known as the Atlantic lobster or true lobster, is found in Canada and the United States, including 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.
S.E.A. Aquarium's Tropical Seafest showcases 200 new specimens from more than 40 colorful species. From now till September 4, visitors can take part in interactive games and an educational trail to discover more about the new underwater residents and what they can do to help protect the oceans.