Posted 3 June 2014 by Amy
“Let Larry live! Let Larry live!” a group of kids chanted as Larry, the 80 year old lobster, was carried to safety. And I would’ve been chanting right alongside them if I was there 🙂
Poor Larry had been dragged from his home in the sea and ended up in the The Dock Restaurant in Waterford, Connecticut … destined to be … *gulp* … someone’s dinner 😦
BUT, lucky for Larry, Don MacKenzie came to his rescue! He said that Larry would have to be at least 80 years old to be the size he was and that he deserved to live. So he bought Larry, and released him back into the ocean.
He picked a secret location that he thought would be almost impossible for fishermen to drag their nets, in order to give him the best chance at life.
You know some scientist believe that Larry and other lobsters can live forever! Of course, they can die from illness and predators, but getting older doesn’t increase their risk of dying. How cool is that? Imagine all the things that might still happen in Larry’s lifetime … hoverboards? Artificial meat?
Personally, I hope Larry lives on to a time where all living creatures get to live out their lives in peace, just like he will thanks to Don.
Unfortunately, commercial fishing takes billions of animals from the sea to be killed every single year. Lobsters like Larry, crabs and other crustaceans who are caught can be kept in overcrowded tanks in restaurants awaiting their death. They may have their claws bound to keep them from pinching anyone. (Well you would want to pinch people too wouldn’t you?)*
What’s worse, lobsters are sometimes boiled alive and have been known to thrash violently and try to escape 😦
The good news is that there is a very easy way that you can save the lives of animals just like Larry (without having to spend a fortune and hire a boat!) Simply don’t eat them. Pledge to take animals off your plate and start saving lives today!
What change would you like to see in the world in your lifetime (and Larry’s)? Let me know in the comments.
*Cute sidenote: Larry’s rescuer Don kept the two thick rubber bands that had been wrapped around Larry’s claws as a memento of setting him free.