This could have been good old George! Photo Credit: ImNotQuiteJack
A 20 pound lobster going by the name of George was saved this past Saturday, as PETA brought him out to the Atlantic and set him free. George had been living at City Crab Restaurant in Manhattan as a tempting dinner entrée for one very hungry customer. George was said to be around 140 years old by PETA's calculations, which involved adding 7 to 10 years per pound of his body weight.In truth however, the more conventional method of lobster age calculation is to assume it takes 7 to 10 years for a lobster to reach their first pound, then each pound after comes easier at just 3 to 4 years. This makes him probably closer to 60 or 80 years old. So let's just say that it's a darn good thing he's a guy, or he might have been pretty upset with PETA for added some 60 years onto him!
Two customers had seen the rather large lobster while dining and reported the sighting to PETA, who immediately jumped on the restaurants owner with the request to set him free. Well, it worked out for him and Saturday afternoon the PETA members personally escorted George down to Maine where he was released to hopefully live out another 140 years of life.
The Amazing Lobster Never Really Ages
Lobsters are curiously one of few creatures who do not seem to age the conventional way as do us humans. They do not have the typical symptoms of getting older, such as weakening, becoming infertile, then finally dying. Instead, they continue to grow throughout their lifetime, remain fertile, and generally die of other maladies, such as disease or predators before their bodies ever wear out.
Beware of Toxic Lobster, Says the FDA
Maine lobster was in the news this past summer, as diners were warned by the FDA that the toxic algae blooms in the coastal waters these creatures are born and bred, were leaving parts of their bodies contaminated with toxins. The part we're referring to is the green substance in the lobsters body cavity known as, tomalley, which basically serves as their liver and pancreas.
Algae Blooms are Cause of Toxic Lobster
Algae blooms are a natural, healthy, and necessary process in the ocean. They are grown from the key ingredients, warmth, sunlight, and nutrients. However, while healthy in moderate amounts, an overpopulation of these blooms can become quite toxic to fish and humans. The problem occurs when too much nutrients are introduced into the oceans in the form of runoff from animal farms, fertilized croplands, and atmospheric sulfur and nitrogen deposits from fossil fuels.
So to really keep good old George around for another 140 years, we're going to need more than just a few watchful members of PETA!
George of the Atlantic,
Strong as he can be.
He's not going to be served up on a crumpet with tea!
George of the Atlantic,
Lives a life that's free.
Watch out for that gunk in the Sea!
For more on George the Lobster, check out this slideshow from our friends at the Huffington Post: George the Lobster Slideshow
More ocean eco-stories
Ocean Acidity Rising at Surprising Pace
Offshore Wind Power Could Alter Ocean Currents
Focus on Focus Earth: Ocean Protection
Keep Your Junk out of the Pacific Ocean Trash Vortex