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article imageGiant 27-pound lobster caught in Maine released back to sea

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 24, 2012 in Odd News
West Boothbay Harbor - A giant 27-pound lobster caught last week in the waters off the Maine coast has been released back to the sea after a brief stay at the Maine State Aquarium.
Shrimp and lobster fisherman Bob Maloney had caught the 27-pound lobster while doing his final shrimp trawl of the season, reported WCSH 6 News.
Maloney brought the lobster to a Marine Patrol warden, who took the lobster to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay. Reportedly, the lobster was so large it jammed the special grates that are integrated with shrimp nets to allow fish and lobsters escape the nets.
At the Aquarium the lobster was christened the name "Rocky".
The lobster's age is unknown. WMTW reported biologist Carl Wilson of the Department of Marine Resources said, "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."
WMTW noted whatever age the lobster is, "this lucky lobster managed to elude the many thousands of traps scattered across Maine's ocean floor."
And it appears "Rocky" is in luck once again and won't be anyone's dinner, nor will the lobster be kept in captivity. According to WCSH, officials at the Maine State Aquarium have decided "Rocky" should be released back into the sea; the unusually sized lobster was released yesterday.
Reasons cited for releasing "Rocky" is due to its rareness, the Aquarium isn't really equipped to properly hold the lobster, and also, larger lobsters tend to produce more eggs with a higher survival rate, replenishing the population.
WMTW reported Amy Hayden Roderigues, aquarium director, said, "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."
The Aquarium posted several pictures of Rocky on its Facebook page.
Discovery News reported last summer of an 18-pound lobster was caught off the coast of Canada. That lobster was originally shipped to the New England Lobster Co., but was labeled "NCO" which means "no commercial potential" because it was too large to fit in a pot.
That lobster eventually found a home at Coney Island's New York Aquarium.
According to the Lobster Institute, the Guinness Book of World Records record holder is a 44-pound lobster caught in Nova Scotia in 1977.
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