Marybeth Jeitner

Published: Aug 01, 2014 2:26 PM EDT

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A rare yellow lobster nearly wound up on a dinner plate after being delivered in a Publix grocery store's daily seafood shipment.
    
Publix manager Church Jones told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1ka2FEv ) the lobster arrived at his Flagler Beach store on July 24th.
    
Store employees soon realized they'd received a rare catch: According to the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, the odds of finding a yellow lobster are one in 30 million.
    
Publix workers contacted several centers for marine wildlife but were told they didn't have the necessary cold-water tanks to house the lobster.
    
The newspaper reports an animal rights activist purchased the lobster about five days later.
    
Marybeth Jeitner told ABC News (http://abcn.ws/1AE6ZRC ) the lobster was sent to the Sea Coast Science Center in New Hampshire.

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