A New York restaurant has said it will free a 140-year-old lobster nicknamed George that was caught in the Atlantic Ocean two weeks ago
A 20-pound lobster estimated to be 140 years old on the bar at City Crab and Seafood in New York. Photo: Reuters
The crustacean, which was plucked from its watery bed off the coast of Canada, weighed in at a hefty 20lb - leading experts to judge it has lived for 140 years.
If their assessment is correct, George might have been born in 1869, the same year as Neville Chamberlain, Mahatma Gandhi and Henri Matisse.
Sold to the City Crab and Seafood restaurant for $100 (£66), the lobster quickly became a tourist attraction as families fought to have their photographs taken alongside its tank.
However, when animal rights activists raised fears that the shelled animal would be eaten, the restaurant immediately said it would return George to the wild.
"We bought a big lobster, started taking pictures with kids and it worked out real well," said Keith Valenti, the restaurant's manager.
He said it was a "no brainer" to return the animal to the ocean. It will now be released off the coast of Maine in an area where lobster fishing is forbidden.
Mr Valenti said a lobster's lifespan was calculated by multiplying every pound it weighed by seven. He said it was not uncommon for their age to exceed 100 years.
"We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this noble old-timer to live out his days in freedom and peace," said a spokeswoman for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.
George the 140-year-old lobster to be released by New York restaurant - Telegraph