MONTREAL, March 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal, March 18, 2008 - The 8-kg
lobster saved from a pot of boiling water in Boston is now living peacefully
in an aquarium at the Montréal Biodôme. The giant crustacean arrived safe and
sound after being flown here from Boston.
For the moment the lobster is in quarantine, to make sure it is not
carrying any diseases. According to its first medical examination, it is in
good health. In one month it will be introduced to the other inhabitants of
the St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem, where visitors will be able to admire it at
Marlene Casciano, from Boston, won this gigantic lobster at a Super Bowl
draw at a bar in New England. She couldn't bear the thought of eating the
remarkable crustacean, so she set out on a crusade to rescue the ocean giant.
The New England Aquarium, in Boston, told her that the Biodôme was actually
looking for just such a specimen. Our Boston colleagues agreed to house the
lobster temporarily until travel arrangements could be made and the paperwork
completed. The animal is assumed to be about 50 years old. Its crusher claw is
as thick as Ms. Casciano's forearm!
The Biodôme currently has 20 lobsters, all smaller than this behemoth -
although we have had a specimen grow to 8 kg. While the Biodôme's new resident
is quite an impressive size, the scientific literature indicates that lobsters
can grow to 20 kg and up to one metre long!
In the wild, lobsters live on the ocean floor and are often the first
link in a chain of scavengers that dispose of carcasses in the sea. They tend
to be more active at night, and can easily survive for over 50 years. They are
hunted, especially when they are younger and smaller, by Atlantic wolffish,
larger lobsters and crabs, and humans.
About the Biodôme
The Biodôme is an educational institution, one of Montréal's Nature
Museums, that welcomes over 800,000 visitors a year. It mission revolves
around education, conservation and research, with the aims of protecting
biodiversity and promoting responsible, environmentally friendly behaviour,
key factors in our planet's survival.
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