Skip to comments.Scituate Fish Market Owner to Release 18-Pound Lobster (75 Years Old)
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 Mullaneys Fish Market in Scituate.
Luckily for the lobster, store owner Joby Norton has a soft spot for older sea creatures.
Weve had people come in who wanted to buy him for the Fourth, but we decided we dont want to sell him, Norton said Tuesday in his Scituate Harbor market. Were better off letting him go so he can live out his life.
Dubbed Luke by the staff at Mullaneys, 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 Ill have a lobsterman bring him out, Norton said. Well 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 hes about 75, Norton said. Its hard to tell the exact age when they get that big because theres 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 its been a few years since Luke shed his shell.
The Massachusetts Lobstermens 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 Lukes size, especially when hes next to a 3-pound lobster, typically considered large.
Norton said hes seen lobsters as large as 24 pounds, but he hasnt seen one as big as Luke in about a decade. Hed sell for at least $100, Norton said. But hes made it this long, he said. Wed rather let him go.
Good on you, Joby. Sometimes ya just gotta let things ride.
I can’t afford that much butter.
(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.)
Michelle Obama is livid! You just let him go? Why? And this better be good!
We used to catch Dungeness crabs at will.(San Juan Islands, WA)...they were indescribably delicious.
(And, like the lobster, needs to be thrown back.)
He’d better hurry - Word has it Michelle Obama has got some clarified butter and a call in to Fish and Wildlife.
I agree with the decision. Just think of the memories that thing must have!
Holy Bottom Feeder, Batman!!!
Oh, the tragedy of it...could have fed us all at the cottage!
Are you sure that isn’t a picture of a Texas crawfish?
I spent many a childhood summer at that very beach!
Never saw such a hugh lobster though! LOL!
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.
She also released in a fresh-water lake in the park...
But her “intentions” were good /s
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.
“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!
Aw....he’d a’ probably been tough anyway! LOL!
We catch Dungeness in Bodega Bay every year between Christmas and New Year’s— we call it Crabmas. Big family tradition....
And for those gourmets that like to eat lobster's liver, imagine how many toxins it's absorbed in 75 years.
I first had Dungeness in Bodega Bay. I no only rarely eat any other type of crab. They’re fantastic.
Large lobsters are estimated to have aged up to 60 years old, although determining age is difficult.
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. However, unlike most vertebrates, Lobsters express telomerase as adults through most tissue, which has been suggested to be related to their longevity.
Lobsters, like many other decapod crustaceans, grow throughout life, and are able to add new muscle cells at each molt. 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).
Once they get much over a few pounds they tend to be tough, better for chowder than steamed or broiled.
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