Lucky Lobster Avoids Dinner Plate, Lands In New Home At New York Aquarium

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An 18-pound American lobster won’t become dinner after all.

After more than seven decades in the sea, he’ll be spending the rest of his life at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

The massive crustacean was caught by a fisherman off the coast of Canada and was sent to a San Francisco seafood distributer, destined for a dinner plate.

But when the distributer saw the size of the sea creature, he didn’t want to doom the lobster to death.

So the distributer starting making calls and soon got in touch with the New York Aquarium.

“When we saw that ad for an 18-pound American lobster, we knew we had to have it,” Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the New York Aquarium, said in a statement.  

The aquarium says the 18-pound monster is the largest lobster ever to live at the Coney Island facility.

Officials say based on his size, this lucky lobster is an astounding 75-years-old, adding he eats about three-quarters of a pound of shrimp and fish a day.

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A woman holds up the giant 18-pound lobster at the New York Aquarium (credit: Wildlife Conservation Society)

They say the oldest lobster ever recorded was caught in 1977 off the coast of Nova Scotia and lived to be more than 180-years-old.

You can see the newest addition to the aquarium’s family at the Sea Cliffs exhibit along with other marine animals like walrus and sea lions.

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What do you think of mega lobster? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • Que Fah

    Send it to MAObama. Nothing but the best, on the taxpayer dime of course.

  • jade

    Well, she couldn’t cradle it like a baby. It’s apparent she had it displayed on a table, but the media had her hold it up for scale.

  • Dean

    Lobster will be dead in 3 days. You never hold a lobster of that size up like that by its claws. Good Job Mongoloid!

  • Darla

    Finally, something to smile about. I am so happy the distributor saved this awesome bit of nature and found it a safe home. I think they should name him Lucky the Lobster!

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