Toby the electric blue lobster has had a very active life, but he's finally moved to a permanent home, the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Toby's bright blue shell is a natural and healthy color morph for lobsters, though it is exceedingly rare -- only one in every two million lobsters shares his coloring. (Other, even more rare colored lobsters are yellow, albino or even two-toned.) Says the National Aquarium:
In June of 2012, Toby was donated to the National Aquarium after being caught by John Gourley on his fishing boat, the Pot Luck, near Ocean City, MD. He spent 16 months at our Washington, DC venue until it closed in September, due to renovations.
After the closing of the Washington outpost, Toby, along with about 17,000 other animals, was moved to the main branch of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He can be found in the "Maryland: Mountains to the Sea" exhibit starting today -- but given how much excitement he's had, he might be hiding under a rock for a little while.
ACTION ALERT: Zoos and Aquariums
Hundreds of millions of people visit zoos every year, despite increasing public anxiety about animals in captivity. If you want to make sure you're at least visiting a zoo that makes efforts to be humane, make sure it is on the list of U.S. facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; internationally accredited facilities are listed here by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. If you want to see whether a facility has any recent USDA violations, you can search this database. You can report a zoo or aquarium to the USDA here. And if you want to become active against having animals in captivity, Peta and Born Free USA offer places to start.