9/24/2005

Leviathan lobster lives on as shell of former self - Peculiar Postings - MSNBC.com

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A gigantic lobster that may have survived two world wars and Prohibition before being plucked from the ocean will live on — but only as a shell of its former self.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium plans to keep the shell of the 22-pound lobster, named Bubba, and use its remains to educate school children, said Rachel Capp, a zoo spokeswoman. Some of Bubba’s meat will be sent to labs for testing as officials try to determine why Bubba died, Capp said Thursday...

Based on how long it typically takes a lobster to reach eating size — about five to seven years to grow to a pound — some estimated Bubba was about 100 years old. Marine biologists said 30 to 50 years was more likely.

Leviathan lobster lives on as shell of former self - Peculiar Postings - MSNBC.com

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