Today’s piece is about Larry the Lobster, an ancient crustacean whose contact with humans existed but a short time. Larry the Lobster was old, eighty or hundred fifty or somewhere in between.
He wasn’t the largest lobster, or the oldest but his age and size were impressive enough. Larry had a lobster personality which means in human terms, not much. Most humans, when they saw him, thought of one thing, dinner. It was quite sickening, but that’s what connected lobsters such as Larry the Lobster with. Other human just wanted to let him be, but those didn’t have the power to impose their will. His life was spared because some humans, those with the most juice, were able to impose their will and ship him to an aquarium, kind of a kaleidoscope of wonders of creatures plucked from their environment.
Unfortunately those who cherished his life enough to send him off to a zoo for sea creatures were fuck-ups and packed him for his journey to the aquarium with mistakes. First of all the ice they packed him with was made from freshwater, Larry the Lobster was not a freshwater lobster (As if such a lobster existed). The shipping was supposed to take a day. Alas, with the miscues in packing he was shipped back to the shippers and he journey went from a day to a week out of water.
The zealots could have consulted one of those professional who ship lobsters all the time before they sent Larry on his journey. Just to get it right. But hey, they didn’t – they didn’t get it right.
Larry the Lobster died on the journey.
What a waste.
“The 15-pound, 80-something year-old lobster was supposed to be someone’s dinner, but was rescued from the Tin Fish restaurant by Florida animal rights activists in late July 2016:”
“…Rossi and his friends packed up Larry, named after the lifeguard lobster in “SpongeBob Squarepants,” in a box with cold packs and a frozen towel at Sunrise’s Tin Fish restaurant. They had made arrangements for the Maine State Aquarium to take Larry so he could live out his final days in peace.”
“The lobster was also initially put on freshwater ice, as well, which may have contributed to its demise.”
“He thought people would want to see a big lobster. They usually do,” the Press-Herald wrote last Friday. “Rocky, a 27-pounder caught off Cushing in 2012, had his picture in newspapers all over the country.”
“Melluso pegged the lobster’s age as high as 110, and the crustacean became a local media star. He was soon dubbed Larry — after the muscular lifeguard lobster in SpongeBob SquarePants, the Miami Herald reports.”
“That makes him at least the second elderly Larry the Lobster to make headlines. In 2012, a 17-pound lobster trapped and sold in Connecticut was saved by a good Samaritan who bought him and released him into the sea. He was estimated to be at least 70.”
“Jeff Nichols, communications director for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, says that there’s always a challenge in shipping a live animal.”
“Maine lobster dealers do it all the time … they ship live lobsters all over the world, but it’s something that is part of their business practice and their area of expertise,” he told NPR. “This was a situation where, you know, it was somebody trying to figure it out.”
“The first attempt to ship Larry was scuttled when FedEx sent him back. And unfortunately, he spent some time on freshwater ice, Nichols says, which isn’t ideal for a marine animal.” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/29/487962880/larry-the-lobster-saved-from-stockpot-dies-in-styrofoam-instead