It is with great sadness that the Museum announces the loss of our Calico Lobster (Homerus americanus) “Freckles”.
Like all crustaceans, lobsters must shed their exoskeleton to grow. At Freckles’ size, this molting requires a significant amount of energy, to the point in which older animals may not survive.
Modifications were made to his enclosure by the Aquariums staff, but sadly he was unsuccessful at completing his molt and passed overnight.
As an ambassador for his species, Freckles was quite rare due to his calico pattern, which was due to a problem with its DNA coding. He truly was a 1 in 30 million lobster. Freckles was actually discovered in a lobster shipment at a Red Lobster in Manassas, VA in May 2021. A staff member there recognized his rare pattern and reached out to the Virginia Living Museum where he was donated and given permanent residency