Rare Blue Lobster Rules the Tank at New St. Louis Aquarium

A new aquarium opens up in St. Louis’ historic Union Station with a special guest of honor.

WORDS Tom Varner
December 2019

Courtesy of St. Louis Aquarium

Sharks will swim where trains once traveled when the St. Louis Aquarium opens this month at historic Union Station. The $187 million, 120,000-square-foot facility will feature over 13,000 salt and freshwater species that will make their new home among the grand Romanesque archways, frescoes and gold-leaf detailing that once adorned the city’s iconic train station until its close in 1978. The attraction’s unofficial mascot will be a rare blue Atlantic lobster that was gifted to the aquarium by a restaurant in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as a token of good will after the St. Louis Blues hockey team beat the Boston Bruins for the NHL championship. A naming contest on social media christened the lobster Lord Stanley, in honor of hockey’s trophy, the Stanley Cup.


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