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Pulled from the sea, spared from the stove

When a 22-pound male lobster was caught in the Bay of Fundy in the Canadian province of New Brunswick earlier this month, it would have been hard to anticipate the stir he would cause.

Estimated to be about 100 years old, the lobster was on display and for sale at a fish market in the seaside port of Shediac, which prides itself as “the lobster capital of the world.”

One woman from Vancouver, British Columbia, saw the lobster and took pity on him, bidding up to $1,000 to ensure the creature would be kept alive instead of ending up as a tasty dinner, according to

The owner of the fish market, Dennis Breau, reportedly denied a higher bid at $5,000 for the lobster, who has affectionately been named Dee Dee, because the bidding group planned on serving him on a silver platter at a banquet in Ontario.

So far, two Web pages on Facebook, the online social networking site, have been set up to advocate for Dee Dee to be released back to the ocean. However, some animal-rights activists are concerned the drastic temperature change from the tank to the deep blue would be too much for the elderly crustacean, according to the report. Dee Dee has since been turned over to the HuntsmanMarineScienceCenter in St. Andrews,New Brunswick.

Breau says this is the first time he has encountered an animal-rights advocate in Shediac, known as one of the best lobster fishing spots in the world.

— Elizabeth Ellis