By: News Staff

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Newport Lobster Shack was greeted with a pleasant surprise Monday morning when one of the businesses fishermen reeled in a rare, blue lobster.

The local restaurant posted about the catch on Facebook, including a photo of the uncommon animal.

Many flocked to the store to see the lobster in person.

The store initially announced that the specimen would be on display for the week, but due to the high volume of people showing up to see it, the owners instead decided to return the animal to the sea.

The blue lobster is now returned to its home in the ocean.

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