A 15-pound lobster in a Sunrise, Fla. restaurant saw its death sentence commuted when word go out that the crustacean might be very crusty indeed: more than a century old.
The lobster, dubbed "Larry" in honor of a cartoon lobster on "SpongeBob Squarepants," was hauled from the deep by a local fishing concern and ended up in Sunrise's Tin Fish Restaurant. Larry's days seemed decidedly numbered, the Miami Herald wrote.
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That was before the restaurant's owner, Joe Melluso, tried to gauge Larry's age. Melluso used a rough formula that marries weight and age and said Larry was about 110 years old.
A news post on Facebook about the centenarian lobster caught the eye of several local animal activists, who thought Larry deserved a shot to live out his days away from dinner plates. So they ponied up the money – $300 – to purchase him and sent him overnight to his new home at the Maine State Aquarium.
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Larry may well be lucky for the excitement his age generated, because it's far from clear he is even close to 110 years old. An expert later told ABC News that there's no perfect method for determining a lobster's age and that Larry could be anywhere from 60 to 80 years old.
According to ABC, Larry will first be kept under quarantine at the aquarium. Afterward, a decision will be made whether he will continue to live there or be returned to the ocean.
Had Larry been deemed to be, say, 70 years old would he ever have been able to live another day? It's impossible to say, except that luck and a healthy respect for age were on his side.
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