Anglers caught a massive 23-pound lobster that would have made a good meal or two for someone willing to pay the price for the high-dollar crustacean. But seafood lovers' dreams were quickly dashed when a vegan activist bought the toddler-sized lobster and released it back into Canada's Bay of Fundy.
The lobster was certainly a rare catch. Catherine MacDonald, co-owner of the Alma Lobster Shop in southern New Brunswick, told CTV News that the huge lobster, which had been nicknamed "King Louis," could have been 100 years old.
"This is a big, big lobster," MacDonald told the Canadian news outlet. "My daughter put it next to a three-pound lobster, which is large, and most people have never seen a three pound lobster, and it was as big as his claw."
She went on to describe the crustacean as "beautiful," adding, "There was nothing else that was going to be a predator — except man."
But the Nova Scotia vegan who bought the plus-size lobster for $230 wanted to make sure nothing — and no one — could prey on the animal. On Tuesday, the lobster returned to the water.
"It went full circle," MacDonald said. "It was released on a vessel out in the Bay of Fundy in front of the village."
While the ordeal is certainly an excellent example of a capitalist system, it is sure to frustrate a few people who wouldn't have minded a taste of "King Louis."