February 24, 2012 by staff
27-Pound Lobster, A shrimp trawler hauled in a 27-pound lobster off the coast of Maine on Friday, but it won’t be landing on anyone’s dinner plate.
The fisherman instead gave it to the Department of Marine Resources, and the 40-inch-long crustacean is now at the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor and will eventually be released back to the sea, Portland TV station WMTW reported.
“A lobster that big is pretty rare and pretty special. So instead of keeping it in captivity, we think it’s best to release it back in the wild,” aquarium director Amy Hayden Roderigues told WTMW.
If you are wondering how old the lobster is, so are the experts. It seems there is no exact science for telling the age of it.
“We can estimate based on how often we could expect them to molt and how large of an increase after they do molt but it’s speculation,” Department of Marine Resources biologist Carl Wilson told WMTW.
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