A giant lobster was rescued from a dinner table in Florida last week and immediately became a national sensation.
However, things didn’t end well for Larry the Lobster.
It all started when the 15-pound crustacean ended up at a Florida seafood restaurant owned by a man named Joe Melluso.
Once area activists discovered that the lobster might be as old as 110, they pressured Melluso to give the sea-dweller a chance for freedom.
So they decided to pack Larry up and mail him to the Maine State Aquarium, celebrating a job well done.
The story does not end there, though.
Jeff Nichols, communications director for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, which operates the aquarium, told ABC that Larry the Lobster arrived nearly a week later than anticipated.
The journey, in which he was packed atop ice in a styrofoam box, festooned with the phrase “#LLM” (Lobster Lives Matter), proved to be too much for the aged crustacean.
Larry the Lobster died.
Nichols suggested that the way that the activists packed the lobster contributed to his death:
“We’re not doing an autopsy, but it appears the way the lobster was extensively handled and the way it was packaged appears to have contributed to his death.”
Joe Melluso, the restauranteur who allowed the activists to take the lobster, was extremely saddened by the eventual outcome:
“I feel like if I had known that he was held up in shipping sooner, I would’ve offered to bring him back to the lobster tanks he was living in before I had purchased him,” he said.
“That way, he could have a safe place to stay while they were figuring out the shipping.
I’m disappointed by how all this was handled, and I had no clue about any of it.”
John Merritt, one of the activists that originally rescued the crustacean told ABC that he was “really disappointed that Larry didn’t make it alive.”
He said they did their best:
“We did our best…that is all we can say.
“The reason we stepped up to save Larry is because he was originally being exploited for profit and we couldn’t let that happen and thus our mission [was] to save him and get him back home.
“We wish we had better news.”
The blame is in being placed on the activist’s shoulders, as FedEx originally would not accept the styrofoam package because it was “leaking.”
You can find out more about Larry’s tragic voyage here:
Source: independent journal
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