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Published February 22, 2012, 05:38 PM

27-pound Lobster Caught Off Maine Coast

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A giant 27-pound lobster has been caught off the Maine coast, but it won't be going into a pot of boiling water.

By: Associated Press,

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A giant 27-pound lobster has been caught off the Maine coast, but it won't be going into a pot of boiling water.

Maine State Aquarium Director Aimee Hayden-Rodriques says Cushing shrimp fisherman Robert Malone caught the monster crustacean in his nets Friday. He gave it to the Department of Marine Resources to deliver to the aquarium, which the DMR operates in Boothbay Harbor.

The beast weighed in at 27 pounds and measured nearly 40 inches long. It was dubbed Rocky because it was caught in the Rockland area, but Hayden-Rodriquez says it could have been named for Rocky the boxer because its claws are big enough to pack quite a punch.

Hayden-Rodriquez says Rocky will soon be released into the ocean because he'll fare better in the wild.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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