A massive lobster had a lucky escape after being caught in the Bay of Fundy when he was bought by a vegan activist so he could be returned, alive, to his chilly home.
Catherine MacDonald, co-owner of the Alma Lobster Shop in southern New Brunswick, said the 23-pound lobster, dubbed “King Louie,” was possibly a century old.
“It’s beautiful,” said MacDonald in a phone interview Tuesday. “For a lobster to be 23 pounds and to be that large, there was nothing else that was going to be a predator – except man.”
The lobster is very healthy, and about four feet long, said MacDonald. He was caught by a fisherman in St. Martins, N.B.
“This is a big, big lobster,” said MacDonald. “My daughter put it next to a three pound lobster, which is large and most people have never seen a three pound lobster, and it was as big as his claw.”
MacDonald said the crustacean was sold for $230 to a vegan activist from Nova Scotia, Katie Conklin, who requested he be released back into the ocean. And so King Louie returned home on Tuesday, she said. Ms Conklin said she hopes that “he lives a happy life for his second chance”.
“It went full circle,” said MacDonald with a laugh. “It was released on a vessel out in the Bay of Fundy in front of the village.” Fisherman Rodney MacDonald gave the lobster its freedom on Tuesday, shouting “thank you, Katie” as he released it over the side of the boat.