Maine’s biggest lobster, a 27-pounder by the name of Rocky whose gigantic claws are powerful enough to snap off your arm, was released back into the Atlantic Ocean from which it came. Marine officials said that the 27 pound lobster was released Thursday.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the coverage of this incredible 27-pound lobster caught off the coast of Maine, the giant lobster was caught in a shrimp net off the coast of Maine near the seaside village of Cushing and later transported to the Maine State Aquarium which is located in West Boothbay. As the state restricts fishermen from holding onto lobsters measuring longer than 5 inches from the start of the tail to the eyes, Maine’s biggest 27 pound lobster was freed back into the Atlantic Ocean from which it originally came.
This particular 27 pound crustacean measured 40 inches and was roughly the size of a small child. According to the education director of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources, Elaine Jones, the lobster’s mass was attributed almost entirely to its massive claws as she told MSNBC:
“All the weight is in the claws, it would break your arm.”
How old is Maine’s biggest lobster? Unfortunately, scientists are unable to accurately estimate the age of these behemoth lobsters.
While the 27 pound Maine lobster is the largest lobster the marine lab has ever recorded being caught in Maine, the world record keeper (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) is a 44 pound lobster caught in 1977 off of the coast of Nova Scotia.