This massive lobster was rescued from its fate at a South Florida restaurant
This week a lobster, which was destined to become the dinner of some restaurant patron in South Florida — was saved from a terrible fate.
The crustacean has now been given a name, Larry. And, according to reports, Larry the lobster is headed to a new destination, too — the Maine State Aquarium.
“It’s something different that I’m proud of that we did,” Amir Rossi, one of the people who rescued Larry,told Local 10 News in South Florida. “How many people can actually say that they saved a lobster?”
Larry the lobster is pretty big. Almost 15 pounds, in fact. After he arrived at the Tin Fish restaurant in Sunrise, Fla., earlier this week, the massive lobster was featured in a WPLG report.
“A Maine lobster that is older than Broward County will soon be served at a Sunrise seafood restaurant,” the ABC affiliate reported earlier this week.
Rossi spotted a Facebook post from the station, according to the Miami Herald. He contacted John Merritt, of the group iRescue Wildlife, Inc. More people, including Erik Martinez and Brooke Estren, joined the effort, too.
Merritt contacted the restaurant with the plan to buy the lobster and send him back to his natural habitat, Maine. Meanwhile, Martinez and Estren scrambled to learn about shipping a live lobster.
“Before the sun went down [Tuesday], I ran to the beach because supposedly you need to use a giant towel that’s soaked in saltwater,” Estren said. “And you have to put it in the freezer. They wrap him in it, I guess as it melts, it keeps him alive. I didn’t know about that.”
It cost $300 to purchase the lobster, Estren told the Herald. And that’s not including shipping.
Larry the lobster is believed to be very old. The Associated Press put its estimated age at between 60 and 110 years old. But the Portland Press Herald spoke to experts in the field, who told the newspaper that there wasn’t really an “established method” for figuring out exactly how old lobster is.