Giant, 140-Year-Old Lobster Liberated from NYC Restaurant

Did you read the story that came out on last Friday about the giant lobster who PETA saved from being eaten at a New York City restaurant? Let me fill you in: “George” weighs 20 pounds. PETA and the owners of the restaurant where he was found, City Crab and Seafood in New York, estimate that he is somewhere around 140 years old. After bringing his uniqueness to the attention of the owners of City Crab and Seafood, PETA members were able to convince them to spare the arthropod. George was released into the Atlantic ocean near Kennebunkport, Maine, in an area where lobster trapping is forbidden.

Lobsters are truly amazing animals. They can live to be 200 years old and are rather intelligent. Despite living in deep, dark, and cold waters, they have intricate social lives. I remember hearing a story a couple years ago about some scientists who attached an underwater video camera to some lobster traps. They found that for every lobster that was caught in a trap, two or three escape with the help of their crustacean friends and family. How amazing is that? Sure, lobsters look very different from us, but they too are intelligent and caring.

It is a tragedy that these thoughtful beings are subject to such a barbaric act of torture: Slowly being boiled while still alive. Everytime I see an image of a bright red lobster, a shudder runs down my spine. (Lobsters are naturally a dark greenish color and only turn red after suffering scalding hot water.) And let’s not forget that they have their claws tied together and are piled atop one another in tiny tanks at supermarkets and in restaurants. It may be difficult for us to empathize with lobsters since they appear so different than us, but let me assure you that they suffer just as we do.

This story reminds me of the starfish parable. While we may not have the power to save every lobster from being scalded alive, at least George got away. I hope his story inspires more people to leave lobsters, and for that matter all other animals, off their dinner plates for good.

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John W.
.2 years ago

Or how many Krabby Parties it would have made?

John W.
.2 years ago

I wonder what it would have tasted like with some garlic dip and a nice glass of white wine.

Ashlyine B.
Ashlyine B.3 years ago

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Shabnam Shokri
Shabnam S.4 years ago

I would never eat lobster. It breaks my heart to see them suffering. I wish I could make others see and feel their suffering and pain :(

Pornchada Vanich
Chada Vanich4 years ago

Thank you for the lovely article - very enlightening!

Ken W.
Ken W.4 years ago

George wolud not vote for the gop do you think !!!!

Elizabeth J.
Elizabeth J.4 years ago

Wow, I didn't realize that lobsters could live that long let alone be that intelligent and social. Good for George. Hope he lives a good, long life of freedom.

Kyire D.
Kyire D.4 years ago

Is very sad, i have never eaten lobster has never appealed to me. I have always felt sad for them in those tanks they are beautiful and should be where they belong the ocean.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

I didn't know lobsters lived that long...

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

good news