What to do with a mammoth lobster?
A countrywide bidding war has begun to boil over a 100-year-old, 10-kilogram Bay of Fundy lobster.
An Ontario woman slapped down $3,500 yesterday, eyeing a family feast.
A Vancouver woman, who wants to fly to New Brunswick to release the lobster named Big Dee-Dee, says she needs the weekend to rally donations to become the highest bidder.
It's now the animal lovers versus the meat eaters for the rights to the crustacean caught earlier this month.
"I never thought it would get this popular," said Denis Breau, owner of aptly named Big Fish, a seafood shop in Shediac, N.B., where Big Dee-Dee is living in a tank.
Being rather fond of lobster (in the gustatory and digestive sense) I'd be tempted to bid myself, if it weren't so expensive. However, it looks as if Big Dee-Dee has been reprieved, according to a later report.
Now the owner of the New Brunswick fish store behind the auction says he's going to donate the lobster to a marine science centre to live out the rest of its days.
"I thought about it for quite a few hours but I thought it's best for business to do it like this ... no bitter feelings," said Denis Breau, the owner of the Shediac, N.B., store appropriately called Big Fish.
Breau agreed last Friday to accept a $1,000 bid from a Vancouver woman to release the lobster into the ocean, but said on Sunday he may simply donate the metre-long lobster at no cost to the aquarium at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, N.B.
"We can't set a lobster like that free just anywhere," Breau said, adding the lobster wouldn't survive a transition back into the ocean due to the change in temperature.
I wonder if lobsters have ever been hijacked from the Huntsman Center?