Thursday, January 15, 2009

Supercentenarian Crustacean Liberated?

Lobsters by the Pound

A couple of weeks ago a twenty pound 140 year old lobster was caught off the coast of Canada. City Crab and Seafood on Park Avenue paid $100 for the aged lobster and nicknamed him George. George took up residence in a tank at City Crab and took on a new roll as mascot. But this week PETA prevailed upon City Lobster and they freed good old George--PETA volunteers drove him up to Kennebunkport, Maine where he was released in an area where lobster trapping is forbidden. This "happy ending" has generated one of my favorite comments I've read all week...

Leave it to the Gothamist contributors to keep it real.

"Nice job PETA. You couldn't even get him all the way home to Canada. I know you think all lobsters like to live in Maine, but this guy is old and could probably use the free healthcare. This is essentially like finding an 80 year old man from Long Island being abused, rescuing him, and then dropping him off in South Jersey."

True dat, donnymandible. True dat. How long is it going to take that poor guy to get home?


Jaime Temairik said...

Poor George. But how did they KNOW he was 140? Did the catch him with his AARC card? None of those pictures do him justice, either. I imagine him to be the size of a toddler or something.

I read once that in colonial times they were always finding 6 foot long lobsters on the shore and lobster was the common food of pigs and servants. Crazy New Englanders. Wait, where are you from? :)

Brownie said...

Haha. Yup. I'm one of those crazy lobster wrestling New Englanders. :)