Sunday, August 10, 2008
Dee Dee Saved
Big Dee-Dee the giant lobster isn't heading back to the ocean after all, but the 100-year-old creature isn't destined for a dining table either.
The lobster made international headlines after a cross-country bidding war broke out over the 10-kg crustacean, with many hoping to serve the beast at a banquet – including an Ontario group offering up to $5,000 – while others were hoping to set Big Dee-Dee free.
Now the owner of the Shediac, N.B., fish store behind the auction says he's going to donate the lobster to a marine science centre to live out the rest of its days.
"I thought about it for quite a few hours, but I thought it's best for business to do it like this ... no bitter feelings," said Denis Breau.
He agreed last Friday to accept a $1,000 bid from a Vancouver woman to release the lobster into the ocean but said yesterday he may simply donate the metre-long lobster at no cost to the aquarium at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, N.B.
"We can't set a lobster like that free just anywhere," Breau said, adding the lobster wouldn't survive a transition back into the ocean due to the change in temperature.
Big Dee-Dee has been kept in a large tank with just two other lobsters in Breau's store since July 10.
Breau said about half of the offers he got were from people who wanted to see Big Dee-Dee go free.
Laura-Leah Shaw, the Vancouverite who bid $1,000, said: "It just seems wrong to take a majestic animal, put him in a pot of water, have him die a horrible death, just so someone can dine on him."
This is an article about Dee-Dee being saved by a Vancouver woman. Big Dee-Dee the giant lobster owes a big thanks to her.