Remember George the Giant Lobster, the twenty-pound, 140-year-old crustacean that was freed from City Crab’s fish tanks after PETA protested? Well Ryan Sutton of Bloomberg has found a specimen of a similarly impressive age (it’s over 70 years old) at Oceana, where it can be poached, steamed, and served in a sauce of lobster liver and roe for $275. A manager assures Sutton that Larry (as the critic has named him) will get his “just due” and that he “will be enjoyed,” should someone splurge for him, but that doesn’t stop Sutton from confessing: “There’s something deeply unsettling — logic and science aside — about feasting on a creature so long-lived. Surviving to such an age, having dodged lobster traps all his life, doesn’t he deserve some sort of ‘get out of jail free’ card?” It sounds like Oceana is pretty bent on selling the beast (and why shouldn’t they be, considering the publicity it just got them?), so this may be a job for lobster liberator Eddie Furlong, or, for that matter, Jonathan Safran Foer. Or maybe Sutton wants to put his money where his mouth is and buy the beast to keep as a pet?
Oceana’s 70-Year-Old Lobster Deserves Escape Claws (Update1) [Bloomberg]