SUNRISE, Fla. – A 110-year-old lobster that was saved from the kitchen of a Sunrise restaurant last week was shipped to Maine State Aquarium to live out its glory days, but Larry the lobster arrived dead, an aquarium representative said.
The 15-pound crustacean was originally caught and brought to Tin Fish, where the restaurant's owner, Joe Melluso, planned on serving it up as someone's dinner if no one came forward to purchase it by last Thursday.
That's when John Merritt from iRescue stepped forward and gathered several business owners to help purchase Larry from Melluso and have him shipped to the Maine State Aquarium.
They laid the lobster on a bed of ice and wrapped it in a saltwater-soaked towel before shipping it to Maine.
Aquarium officials were expected to examine Larry and decide whether they should release him out into the wild or whether he should be a part of their exhibit, where they currently have a 17-pound lobster already on display.