140-Year-Old Lobster Released Off Maine Coast

NEW YORK – A 140-year-old lobster once destined for a dinner plate received the gift of life Friday from a Park Avenue seafood restaurant.

George, the 20-pound supercentenarian crustacean, was freed by City Crab and Seafood in New York City.

"We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace," said Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA spokesman Michael McGraw said the group asked City Crab to return George to the Atlantic Ocean after a diner saw him at the restaurant, where steamed Maine lobster sells for $27 per pound. George had been caught off Newfoundland, Canada and lived in the tank for about 10 days before his release.

Some scientists estimate lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old. PETA and the restaurant guessed George's age at about 140, using a rule of thumb based on the creature's weight.

He was to be released Saturday near Kennebunkport, Maine, in an area where lobster trapping is forbidden.


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  • by Wilma Location: gotacrab, TX on Jan 12, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    "We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace," said Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Good lord.....this is great, but did PETA have to get in on this? Are they going to do the same thing to my child when she catches a cricket out on my back porch?????
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 12, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    Unfortunately, that lobster probably will get eaten not long after being released. Especially if he s a little slower than usual! :-(
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    PETA? Good Greif, why didn't the person from PETA get them all released? Was that person from PETA eating meat? What a crime of the stomach! PETA really is an awful group who want to be good but do not know how to behave withthin normal limits.
  • by Cindy Location: Onslow on Jan 11, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    What a nice story, and what a nice thing to do! Too bad the story had to be tainted with the mention of PETA. They are such a horrible outfit it really takes away from an otherwise heartwarming story.
  • by TW Location: eastern NC on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    Yeah, a good story! Thanks WITN.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Finally a story with a good ending
  • by Buzz Location: Mombo on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    Oh well, the thing would taste grainy anyway! Buzz
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