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Scituate Fish Market Owner to Release 18-Pound Lobster (75 Years Old)
The Patriot Ledger ^ | Posted Jul. 16, 2014 | Jessica Trufant

Posted on 07/18/2014 4:56:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The 18-pound, barnacle-encrusted lobster had seen better days.

After evading for at least 75 years the fate met by countless other crustaceans, he found himself in an offshore trawler, ultimately ending up in the tank at Mullaney’s Fish Market in Scituate.

Luckily for the lobster, store owner Joby Norton has a soft spot for older sea creatures.

“We’ve had people come in who wanted to buy him for the Fourth, but we decided we don’t want to sell him,” Norton said Tuesday in his Scituate Harbor market. “We’re better off letting him go so he can live out his life.”

Dubbed “Luke” by the staff at Mullaney’s, the humongous lobster will soon return to his natural habitat. Norton plans to send him back out to sea on a lobster boat as soon as this weekend.

“I thought about letting him go off Peggotty Beach, but I think I’ll have a lobsterman bring him out,” Norton said. “We’ll give him something to eat and send him on his way. Give him a head-start.”

Luke has become a mascot of sorts during his three weeks in the market. Norton purchased him from a local lobster boat that caught him offshore.

“The one-pound lobsters average 5 to 7 years old, so at 18 pounds, we figure he’s about 75,” Norton said. “It’s hard to tell the exact age when they get that big because there’s no rings like a tree.”

Lobsters typically shed their armor every year, making it hard for biologists to determine how old they are. Norton believes it’s been a few years since Luke shed his shell.

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association claimed the record for the largest lobster in 1974 when it caught the 37.4-pound “Big George” off Cape Cod, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The average lobster weights about 1.5 pounds.

Norton said customers have been “amazed” by Luke’s size, especially when he’s next to a 3-pound lobster, typically considered large.

Norton said he’s seen lobsters as large as 24 pounds, but he hasn’t seen one as big as Luke in about a decade. He’d sell for at least $100, Norton said. “But he’s made it this long,” he said. “We’d rather let him go.”


TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: lobster

1 posted on 07/18/2014 4:56:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
He’d sell for at least $100, Norton said. “But he’s made it this long,” he said. “We’d rather let him go.”

Good on you, Joby. Sometimes ya just gotta let things ride.

2 posted on 07/18/2014 5:01:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t afford that much butter.


3 posted on 07/18/2014 5:02:42 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: nickcarraway

(Not to derail this thread, but I was thinking of similarities between this story and the handling of illegal immigrants. The lobster doesn’t have any documentation either.)


4 posted on 07/18/2014 5:02:57 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: nickcarraway

Michelle Obama is livid! You just let him go? Why? And this better be good!


5 posted on 07/18/2014 5:04:19 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: nickcarraway

We used to catch Dungeness crabs at will.(San Juan Islands, WA)...they were indescribably delicious.


6 posted on 07/18/2014 5:05:02 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: FoxInSocks

(And, like the lobster, needs to be thrown back.)


7 posted on 07/18/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: nickcarraway

He’d better hurry - Word has it Michelle Obama has got some clarified butter and a call in to Fish and Wildlife.


8 posted on 07/18/2014 5:06:11 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: nickcarraway

I agree with the decision. Just think of the memories that thing must have!


9 posted on 07/18/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: nickcarraway

Holy Bottom Feeder, Batman!!!


10 posted on 07/18/2014 5:09:04 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: nickcarraway
Yer gonna need a bigger boat!


11 posted on 07/18/2014 5:12:08 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: MS.BEHAVIN; mylife; LUV W

Oh, the tragedy of it...could have fed us all at the cottage!


12 posted on 07/18/2014 5:13:13 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: nickcarraway

Are you sure that isn’t a picture of a Texas crawfish?


13 posted on 07/18/2014 5:25:25 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: nickcarraway

I spent many a childhood summer at that very beach!

Never saw such a hugh lobster though! LOL!


14 posted on 07/18/2014 5:36:11 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: nickcarraway

15 posted on 07/18/2014 5:37:24 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: 1rudeboy

Hope he takes the Bands off its claws first !!!

Some of you may recall Sean Hannity’s liberal intern releasing a lobster and forgetting to take the rubber bands off.


16 posted on 07/18/2014 5:39:17 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Zeneta
Some of you may recall Sean Hannity’s liberal intern releasing a lobster and forgetting to take the rubber bands off.

She also released in a fresh-water lake in the park...

17 posted on 07/18/2014 5:45:13 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: okie01

That’s right.

But her “intentions” were good /s


18 posted on 07/18/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I read somewhere that lobsters essentially don’t age. They don’t experience the DNA damage that most other life does, and therefore barring disease, accident, or being eaten, can live forever. I don’t like them enough to pay $10+to eat one ( got the cheep in Maine, off the boat, years ago). Very cool.


19 posted on 07/18/2014 5:57:04 PM PDT by NYFriend
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To: MNDude

“I agree with the decision. Just think of the memories that thing must have!”

Yea, I don’t think lobsters, crustaceans, giant shrimp, have memories. And if they do, who cares, they’re lobsters.

I say eat it!

BTW, do a search and you’ll find bigger ones.

Eat it, EAT IT!


20 posted on 07/18/2014 6:50:20 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: NYTexan; MS.BEHAVIN; mylife

Aw....he’d a’ probably been tough anyway! LOL!


21 posted on 07/18/2014 7:24:49 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: gorush

We catch Dungeness in Bodega Bay every year between Christmas and New Year’s— we call it Crabmas. Big family tradition....


22 posted on 07/18/2014 7:33:50 PM PDT by freebilly (How about this-- we stop trying to elect the unelectable)
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To: slouper
I wouldn't want to eat such a lobster. It probably doesn't taste good after all of those years.

And for those gourmets that like to eat lobster's liver, imagine how many toxins it's absorbed in 75 years.

No thanks.

23 posted on 07/19/2014 12:10:53 AM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: freebilly

I first had Dungeness in Bodega Bay. I no only rarely eat any other type of crab. They’re fantastic.


24 posted on 07/19/2014 12:18:34 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: NYFriend

Large lobsters are estimated to have aged up to 60 years old, although determining age is difficult.[9]

Research suggests that lobsters may not slow down, weaken, or lose fertility with age, and that older lobsters may be more fertile than younger lobsters. This longevity may be due to telomerase, an enzyme that repairs long repetitive sections of DNA sequences at the ends of chromsomes, referred to as telomeres. Telomerase is expressed by most vertebrates during embryonic stages but is generally absent from adult stages of life.[10] However, unlike most vertebrates, Lobsters express telomerase as adults through most tissue, which has been suggested to be related to their longevity.[11][12][13]

Lobsters, like many other decapod crustaceans, grow throughout life, and are able to add new muscle cells at each molt.[14] Lobster longevity allows them to reach impressive sizes. According to Guinness World Records, the largest lobster ever caught was in Nova Scotia, Canada, weighing 20.15 kilograms (44.4 lb).[15][16]


25 posted on 07/19/2014 12:41:24 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: NYFriend

Once they get much over a few pounds they tend to be tough, better for chowder than steamed or broiled.


26 posted on 07/19/2014 3:04:26 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
I made some shrimp curry a few weeks ago, and when I was buying my shrimp I saw a couple lobster tails going for a decent price. Chopped them up, added them to the curry and served over jasmine rice.

Absolutely delicious!

27 posted on 07/19/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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