Eva Carbonaro of Yarmouthport said she and her family were at Scudder Lane town landing in Barnstable Saturday to search for Thanksgiving oysters when they came across the funny-faced oyster among some barnacles and seaweed on the beach, the Cape Cod (Mass.) Times reported Wednesday.
Carbonaro said she has been keeping the oyster in a bowl of water in her refrigerator and her family has decided to make the creature, which they named Rockefeller, a special guest at Thanksgiving dinner instead of one of the courses.
"I think he gets a pardon. I couldn't look him in the eye and in good faith go ahead with it," Carbonaro said. "He's definitely going to be a guest of honor at our Thanksgiving dinner."
Carbonaro said she plans to look into donating Rockefeller to a local nature museum after the holiday.