Freedom for Big Lobster

A 20-pound lobster named George will be returned to the sea after a stay in a New York restaurant. From his size, the lobster is estimated to be around 140 years old. George was caught off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada and was on bought by City Crab and Seafood for $100. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent the restaurant a request to set George free.
Restaurant manager Keith Valenti said there was never any intent to harm the lobster, and the decision to keep it in the tank was made to offer customers a little something extra.

"We bought a big lobster, started taking pictures with kids and it worked out real well," Mr Valenti told Reuters news agency.

But it was a "no brainer", he added, to agree to the request to return George to the ocean.

"We never intended him to be sold, just draw attention to the restaurant, and he did."

George was scheduled to be released in the waters off Kennebunkport, where lobster trapping is prohibited. Link -Thanks, Geekazoid!

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That is not son's worked on lobster boats and sometimes we got some big ones...and when they scuba dived, i have pictures of BIG lobsters they caught...we ate them the day caught and it was sweet and tender...we expected leather...but we all had a meal and my husband and i continued to eat left over the next was good.
When lobster sits in tanks they dont get fed their body shrinks and they lose the sweetness and became tough.
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During the 1970's my company had a 4th of July party every year. One year the head of the Boston division brought a 35 pound lobster. It was over two feet long, they steamed it in beer in a big laundry tub. I was tough as wood and the laundry would have probably tasted better. I love steamed lobster but I never go higher than 2lbs for Atlantic or 4lbs for spiny lobsters. Steamed in 2" of beer for 12 minutes with a chopped up lemon. Boiling lobsters in a vat of water makes them rubbery. Pacific "slipper" lobsters have a soft meat that I find disagreeable.
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Hey everybody-I've recaptured the lobster and he's living in my house in Connecticut. He only weighs 17lbs-not 20! I've renamed him ‘Sam’ and he just adores our 4 year old calico cat!
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Eating it at that age would be a waste. The flesh would be too tough. It was right to free it and let it live, but PETA's behavior is just plain stupid.
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meanwhile, back in Newfoundland - when cod and other fish were plentiful here, and the Grand Banks supplied most of Europe with fish, Lobsters (a bottom feeder) were considered only fit for the poorest folk - strange how that's swung around to them being some sort of luxury. Now, halibut cheeks... there's some tasty tasty treats
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