Gi­ant lob­ster re­turned to the sea

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Cole­mans at the Gar­dens on O’Con­nell Drive in Cor­ner Brook re­cently dis­cov­ered a gi­ant lob­ster in a ship­ment from a lo­cal seafood sup­plier.

The 15-pound lob­ster, nick- named Chuck by the com­pany’s seafood buyer Ruby Grandy, cre­ated lots of ex­cite­ment at the seafood counter, par­tic­u­larly with the chil­dren’s gro­cery store tours.

Af­ter a cou­ple of weeks of liv- ing at the Gar­dens and in con­sul­ta­tion with marine bi­ol­o­gist, Robert Hooper of the Bonne Bay Marine Sta­tion in Nor­ris Point, ev­ery­one agreed the best out­come for this 50-plus-yearold lob­ster would be to re­lease him back into the ocean.

On Mon­day, Gar­dens seafood man­ager Mike Snooks care­fully packed up the gi­ant lob­ster for his car ride to the beach.

Af­ter re­mov­ing the bands on the lob­ster’s claws, Snooks watched as the gi­ant lob­ster slowly backed him­self into the cold, clear wa­ter and even­tu­ally dis­ap­peared into the depths of the Bay of Is­lands.

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