You may be looking at the lobster above thinking, ‘Wow, that’s a huge lobster, I wonder how much it costs in a restaurant?’ – but you can’t eat him. And the reason he’s so big? He’s estimated to be anything from 60 to 110 years old.
‘Larry’, as he’s become known, was spotted after Joe Melluso, owner of the Tin Fish restaurant in Sunrise, Florida, paraded the 15–pound (7kg) crustacean with the hefty claws on TV. He was soon contacted by animal rescue group iRescue, who purchased Larry for around $300, before transporting him to the Maine State Aquarium. PETA are now calling for the huge lobster to be released back into the wild.
Lobsters have an average life expectancy of 30 years for males and 50 to 60 years for females, and though weight is a good indicator, scientists have yet to discover an accurate method for determining the age of a lobster. The largest lobster ever found weighed in at an enormous 44 pounds (20kg).
Not every lobster is as lucky as Larry and eating lobster can be a messy business. Watch the video below to find out how to eat lobster: