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March 17, 2009


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That is a big lobster,heavier than our new born son.great catch!


mmm I love lobster, but seriously I would feel guilty eating an old guy like that. He deserves to get a special home. WTG Tom!


Great that this lobster got a happy ending. Monterey Bay Aquarium is an excellent organisation that do a great deal to educate people about conservation. Their exhibits are amazing too. Pity Tom Powers is going to continue killing lobsters though. Will all the youngsters he catches be cruelly killed by being boiled alive? Come on Tom, you've done the decent thing with this one - can't you give up hunting now and leave the rest alone?

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That is a big achievement... But it'll be good if put him back into the sea for increasing more populations of lobsters.


What is the significance of removing such a lobster from the breeding population? Obviously it is a very successful individual. wouldn't it be better to let it continue to pass these "successful" genes onto future lobster generations?


Laguna Beach is a terrific candidate for an MPA in Orange County. The steep rocky cliffs and standing kelp forests are the perfect nursery to restore our sealife along California's coast. Unfortunately, we are up against a well organized fishing lobby that wants things to continue as they are with commercial fishing, party boats, spearfishing, hook n line, and a free for all when it comes to our TidePools. Please get the word out that a Marine Reserve in Laguna Beach is an excellent site for an MPA between Palos Verdes and La Jolla.
The MPA Regional Stakeholders are intimadated by the fishing lobby and are failing in their duty to protect and restore our ocean.
We are beginning the last Round (3) of proposals and if you can help, now is the time.

Ruby Vernblom

How exciting! That guy is enormous! Good job for giving it to the aquarium!


I agree with Miriam. A lobster that size would not be very good to eat anyway. The little ones are a lot tastier. Put it back and let it make some babies!

Geoff Drake

Randy writes eloquently about the larger raison d'etre for an aquarium. Yes, we sometimes remove animals from their natural environment, but they are well cared for and serve a higher purpose for their brethren in the wild.

Randy Dixon

He did the right thing ... many would have just ate the big spiny. Put it back in the wild? He he...that's just what a hungry diver wants. Conservation begins with public education and what a better chance to show off the big spiny. That one animal's contribution may save thousands of his cousins in the future through public education.


Thank you Tom for contributing a specimen that will surely make an impact on hundreds if not thousands. This magnificent "grandpa" is sure to be a compelling impact on many!


Wow that lobster is HUGE!!!


Tom Powers- you rock (lobster)!

Thanks for making your decision to let us all see this magnificent creature- alive.

Ken Peterson

They can be long lived, and with the good veterinary care he'll get here -- and the absence of divers looking for a lobster meal, or native predators in the wild -- he could be here for decades.


thank you ken for adding this information. ... how much longer would you expect this lobster will survive in captivity versus wild?

thank you

Ken Peterson

We often do return animals to the wild. In this case, we think the lobster can make a bigger contribution as an ambassador for two critical issues.

First, spiny lobsters play a key role in maintaining healthy kelp forests -- by eating the sea urchins that have grazed kelp holdfasts to oblivion in some parts of southern California.

Second, lobster populations have rebounded and the size of animals is getting larger inside the marine protected areas established in the Channel Islands.

The Aquarium is a strong advocate for expanding the network of marine protected areas throughout California to protect key habitats and restore declining fisheries. The lobster is a compelling poster child to help us tell that story.


that's what i thought as well, why not release the old guy back to where he's called home for 50-80 yrs? but then, someone like powers who doesn't feel bad taking wildlife from their home and eating them might come along and he won't be so lucky. tough call in these situations.

Cathy from Texas

I haven't been able to visit the Aquarium yet, but what an exciting contribution! Thanks to Mr. Powers for the terrific picture and the last minute change of heart!


I think it's great that Powers gave the lobster to the Aquarium. But wouldn't it be better to put it back into the wild so it can keep on making lots of little lobsters?

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