After 20 years in captivity inside of a New York clam bar, a 132-year old lobster has been given an official pardon, and released into the wild to live out the rest of its days in the open ocean.
According to the New York Post, Louie the Lobster had lived at Peter’s Clam Bar in Hempstead, New York for the past two decades, and narrowly avoided being eaten just before he was released into the Atlantic. That’s because as recently as Father’s Day, someone offered $1,000 to buy the 22-pound lobster. Luckily for Louie, the owner declined.
Louie was presented last week with a pardon from the Town of Hempstead in a ceremony at the restaurant before being loaded onto a speedboat and delivered out to sea. A lobster expert quoted by the Post said that Louie should do just fine in his new found freedom since there are not many predators in that area looking to snack on such a large lobster, despite the price he might fetch on land.
This is not the first aged lobster that the restaurant has set free either. Just last year, the restaurant granted a similar reprieve to a 130-year-old lobster named Larry. Maybe the former cellmates can reconnect as oceanic civilians.