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75-year-old lobster heads back to the wild

May 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 75-year-old lobster almost ended up on the dinner table, but it is heading back into the wild instead."Reggie" is an Atlantic lobster that has been living in a tank at a Reno, Nevada deli for the past two weeks. He was delivered to the deli after the seafood manager at the "Butcher Boy" asked his supplier for the biggest lobster available. Reggie weighs just under 12 pounds.

A customer thought Reggie deserved a second chance, so she contacted Paul Watson, a marine conservationist. Watson paid a hefty $233 to rescue Reggie.

Watson says Reggie will be released into a marine reserve in Maine to celebrate the Canadian Parliament's passage of a bill that outlaws seal hunting and the use of seal products.

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