“Lucky Larry,” a 17-pound lobster estimated at between 80 and 100 years old, has earned his name. When Dan MacKenzie found the giant crustacean on the dinner menu at a Waterford, Conn, restaurant, Mr. MacKenzie made a decision.
“It takes seven years for him to even become a lobster big enough to keep,” Mr. MacKenzie told Connecticut newspaper The Day. “For a lobster to live this long and avoid lobster traps, nets, lobster pots … he doesn’t deserve a bib and butter.” Mr. MacKenzie is Vice President of Niantic, Conn.-based Boats Inc.
Local kids even got in on the action.
After the lobster arrived at The Dock, word got out that someone had reserved the lobster for dinner. All afternoon, children came to the restaurant to touch the lobster and have their pictures taken with it. When Mr. MacKenzie arrived, picked up the lobster and headed out to a boat with it, children burst into cheers of “Let Larry Live!”
Besides, even kids know that a lobster that big doesn’t make for the best eating.
Ten-year-old John Baez, who told The Day that he enjoys a good lobster, said “he’s too big. The meat would be too tough.”
He has declined to say how much he paid for Lucky Larry, but said, ”let’s just say that it’s the most expensive lobster I never ate.”
Thick rubber bands were removed from Lucky Larry’s claws before he was released. He was released into an area of the Long Island Sound that is not dragged by lobstermen and fishermen. Mr. MacKenzie and his Boats Inc. head rigger, Steve Wilson, kept the exact release point confidential so that no one would try to catch him again.
(Photo Credit: Dan MacKenzie)
(via: ABC News)
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