With the tumultuous waters that storms have brought up in recent years, fishermen in lobster-friendly areas have been catching some pretty hefty prey.
This behemoth was caught in New Brunswick and is believed to be about 45 years old! There have been similar catches in other parts of the world as well.
In 2016, a pair of men fishing off the coast of Bermuda accidentally reeled in a 14-pound monster; while a family-owned lobster shop in Nova Scotia made headlines when they auctioned off a 23-pound mammoth that was believed to be around 100 years old at the time of the catch.
The frequency of these massive lobsters certainly doesn’t make them any less impressive, though!
This giant lobster is joking referred to as a “$50 dinner” by the person displaying him, and it’s hard not to agree; the huge catch looks like he’s on up there with many of the other attention-grabbing shellfish brought in lately.
Although not truly biologically immortal, lobsters are able to grow to these impressive sizes for a somewhat similar trait. They do eventually die of age, but not due to senescence—the process of deteriorating with age and passing time— like the majority of living things.
Instead, they simply grow to be too big at some point and die, either due to predators (including humans boiling them for dinner), or when they succumb to the side effects of attempting to molt at too large a size. The energy needed to molt past a certain size can tax the lobster too much, leaving it stuck in the half-molten shell to eventually pass away.
With that being said, though, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to these hefty crustaceans. We may be picturing a nice Maine lobster with some butter sauce while watching this video, but in reality lobsters that grow this huge tend to be tough and far less tasty.
Still, this is a pretty impressive catch!
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