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King Louie: 100-Year-Old Lobster Set Free


Credit: Alma Lobster Shop

King Louie was a rare catch.

Caught in Canada's Bay of Fundy this week, the 23-pound lobster is taller than your average toddler. He may even be a century old, a determination based on a rough calculation of his weight and molting pattern. But Louie's options — once a New Brunswick lobster shop bought him from a local fisherman — were slim.

Photo: Alma Lobster Shop

"A lot of people wanted to buy it and mount it," Catherine MacDonald, co-owner of the Alma Lobster Shop, tells The Dodo.

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Others wanted to use Louie as a promotional prop for their business. "And then we had a lot of people asking us if we would release it," MacDonald notes. "We could have done anything."

Photo: Alma Lobster Shop

There was always the dinner option — a fate that MacDonald says would have made for a savory feast, 100-year-old meat and all.

But there was something about an offer from a local animal lover named Katie Conklin that seemed just about the right outcome for a lobster who had already lived such a storied life.


Conklin asked if she could buy Louie, hoping to send him right back into the Bay of Fundy where he was found.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time someone tried to spring a lobster from a fish market.

In May, a woman from Red Lake, Canada … (read more)



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