Colossal Crustacean

Biologist Forrest Galante was free-diving for lobsters off the coast of Anacapa Island, California when he found the grand daddy of all lobsters, a Paciific spiny lobster weighing 11.5 pounds and estimated to be 60-70 years old. Galante intended to release the creature back into the wild, but before he did, he gave the ample arthropod a little sightseeing land tour. Galante took him home to meet his family, including his dog, who came snout to shell with him. The lobster had a stay at the Santa Barbara sea center for a bit. Eventually, Galante took the lobster to the middle of a marine reserve, where he would be free to breed, safe from fisherman. Once released, the big guy swam off, and all was well. 

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