Rare ‘Yellow’ Lobster Spared From Dinner Table at NYC Restaurant

Courtesy Steven Costello(NEW YORK) -- A New York City restaurant has "pardoned" a special "yellow" crustacean after discovering that the little lobster was a one in 30 million find.

Ruby the lobster somehow found her way into the biweekly shipment of live lobsters to the downtown restaurant Burger & Lobster.

"We couldn't help but notice her," the U.S. director of operations for Burger & Lobster, Steven Costello, told ABC News Tuesday, "and that one of these things was not like the others."

Costello added of Ruby's unusual pigmentation: "She is like a ruby-red color. She looks almost like a cooked lobster."

After poking around online, Costello said they discovered that Ruby was actually categorized as a "yellow" lobster, despite having a more orange-hued exterior.

That's when they found out that Ruby was a "one in 30 million" lobster, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine.

Costello said the staff took a liking to Ruby, and he describes her as "healthy, feisty and happy."

She is currently on display at their restaurant until she's transferred to her new forever home at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, New York.

Costello added that Ruby's personality, as well as her looks, make her unique.

"Most lobsters are fairly docile," Costello said, adding that Ruby is quite "feisty" and probably has to fight off a lot of "male suitors."

Rare lobsters seem to pull at the heartstrings in unique ways. An especially overweight lobster, Larry, who tipped the scales at at a whopping 15 pounds, was recently spared from the dinner plate at a seafood restaurant in Florida. Unfortunately, Larry the lobster passed away en route to a better life at an aquarium.

Earlier this month, a Cape Cod fisherman caught a bright blue lobster and separated him from the pack of lobsters heading toward the market, hoping to send "Bleu" to a local aquarium.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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