FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -

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 Chuck Jones told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the lobster arrived at his Flagler Beach store on July 24.

Store employees soon realized they had 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 the lobster was sent to the Sea Coast Science Center in New Hampshire.