Aug 7, 2008

Dee Dee the Giant Lobster

Some of you may have heard the story of Dee Dee, the giant lobster caught off the coast of New Brunswick.

He spent a week at a fish shop in Shediac, where the 100-year-old, 10 kg crustacean garnered a lot of attention--and competitive bids. Even though an Ontario group offered $5K for him to be served at a banquet, a Vancouver resident, Laura-Leah Shaw, offered $1K to save him. The store owner, Denis Breau, accepted the 'lesser' offer. Dee Dee has since been transferred to a conservation group's aquarium, where he'll live out the rest of his days in retirement from the rigors of the sea.

Denis and Dee Dee will soon be reunited when Denis is able to visit the aquarium. I imagine there'll be salty tears and chitinous embraces for all on that special day.

Thanks for the article, Ida.

Photo source: CTV.ca

9 comments:

Rebecca said...

Awww, truly heartwarming!

P.S. Ugly Overload is one of my favourite blogs. More please.

niner said...

I'm glad they didn't eat it. Kind of like a tree; it takes 100s of years to grow and 10 minutes to chop it up and saute it. Hope it's happy in the aquarium.

Kit said...

Holy Moly! It's huge! And while I appreciate the fact it was saved, I'd be boggled if it was eaten. I can't imagine the amount of butter that would be needed.

Annica said...

Cute story...
People shouldn't things creatures this old and beautiful!

LisaL said...

Can't believe some idiot wanted to kill it!!!!
What an absolute travesty that would've been.
So glad that the shop went with the lesser bid that saved it instead of the other idiots.

Yve! said...

I remember that story making the news in Canada, it made me so sad to see that they were trying to out-bid each other to make him a meal, but this, as small and tenuis as it is, is a reminder that not all of us humans are bent on destructions..
Uglyoverload, you've made my day yet again <3

Raging Wombat said...

I try, yve.

Anonymous said...

I read on Wikipedia that lobsters may have "negligible senescence", meaning that they "effectively live indefinitely, barring injury, disease, capture, etc." So it's not impossible that Dee Dee will outlive us all.

I think I like that thought.

LisaL said...

I read more about this.
The fish shop that had the lobster. The guy originally said that he didn't care if someone ate the lobster or not (what an a-hole).
And the woman who bid 1k.. actually had 2 other organizations who put in 1k each, so her bid was 3k. She was planning on releasing the lobster back to the ocean.

The owner actually did NOT take either bid. He ended up giving the lobster to the aquarium place. The aquarium place says that the lobster will probably never be released back to the ocean.