Woman buys 23lb lobster to set it free

23lb lobster caught off Canadian coast
23lb lobster caught off Canadian coast

ALMA, New Brunswick (CNN) . — A massive lobster caught off the coast of New Brunswick in Canada, was bought by a woman who wanted to give it back its freedom.

Catherine MacDonald, co-owner of the Alma Lobster Shop in southern New Brunswick, said the 23-pound lobster, dubbed “King Louie,” was possibly a century old.

“It’s beautiful,” she told Canada’s CTV News. “For a lobster to be 23 pounds and to be that large, there was nothing else that was going to be a predator — except man.”

The lobster is very healthy, and about four feet long, said MacDonald. It was caught by a fisherman in St. Martins, N.B.

MacDonald said the crustacean was sold for $230 to a Nova Scotia vegan who requested it be released back into the ocean. And so King Louie returned home on Tuesday, she said.King Louie is not the only unusual lobster to come through the shop in Alma, N.B.

MacDonald said they keep many curious creatures in a tank for visitors to view, including an orange lobster, a blue lobster, and a lobster with barnacles on its back in the shape of a heart.

She said the heart-clad lobster is something she’s never seen in her 45 years in the lobster business.

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