Heather Chalmers and I have been so excited by the large number of fans Libbie the Lobster has acquired since our adventure began to liberate Libbie from becoming someone’s dinner feast. People love to talk about the story of her rescue.
I cannot help but smile when I see people’s’ faces light up when they see me and know about Libbie. I’ve been told this is a great “human interest” story, so I imagine people are thirsty for good news these days. If some happiness can be brought into people’s’ lives in the form of a beautiful yellow lobster now named Libbie, then I’m all for it!
In talking with people about the story I have found that the most frequently asked question about Libbie is this: “How did she (Libbie) end up in a Publix Supermarket if she’s so rare?” I wondered the same thing myself a couple of times. So I went to the expert (Mark Murrell, owner of GetMaineLobster.com) and asked the same question. In short, this is what Mark had to say:
“There is a part of the (Northeast) coast that has a higher propensity of producing a yellow lobster. There is an algae there that has a chemical reaction with the lobster’s shell.” This time of the year, demand for lobsters is high. In most cases lobsters like Libbie would have been “tossed back” before ever reaching the dock. “In this case Libbie was likely an oversight and included with all the others.”
So it seems that an apparent oversight on the part of those who handled Libbie has brought tremendous joy to so many of us.
Watch for more blogs about Libbie and her soon to be release children’s book, Saving Libbie the Lobster!