"We are hearing from our fishermen in the area where both Cheddar and Biscuit were caught that they are seeing a lot of orange lobsters this time of year," said Senior Director of Communications at Red Lobster Nicole Bott.
Jared Durrett, the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Director of Husbandry, is attempting to explore the animal anomaly.
In a statement, Durrett said, "Orange lobsters are uncommon, but perhaps not as rare as we first thought. Lobsters obtain their colour through the pigments they ingest in their diet."
He also said that if these lobsters are harvested from the same area, then their "localised diet" could possibly have a pigment that, combined with "the lobster's genetics, creates the orange coloration we are seeing."
He added: "Our partnership with Red Lobster will allow us to capture data from fishermen, which typically is not easy to come by due to confidentiality."