By the time “Lobby Joe” was released back into the waters on Canada’s east coast, the Atlantic lobster had traveled thousands of miles on a journey that cost more than 300 dollars!
The lobster’s adventure began when Christine Loughead spotted him sitting alone in a tank in an Ontario grocery store. Christine, a passionate vegan, found the crustacean’s fate unbearable. “It weighed on my psyche more and more”, she told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Then she realized. “It’s not too late to help. He’s alive!”
Christine bought the lobster for $15.46, and named him “Lobby Joe”. She cut off the thick rubber bands around his claws, and put him in a saltwater tank in her home.
An online search suggested the lobster had probably been taken from the waters near Nova Scotia. Christine reached out to an online vegan community in the area, asking for help to release the lobster back into the ocean if she could find a way to get it to Halifax, almost 2000 miles from her home.
Her call for help was answered by Beth Kent, the founder of a local animal shelter in Bridgewater, a small town about an hour’s drive from Halifax.
Christine packed the lobster in a Styrofoam box padded with wet newspaper and cold packs, placing the box gingerly in the back seat and fastening the seat belt around it. The cost of shipping was $172, and the gas for the journey came to $122.
After 24 hours, the box arrived in Nova Scotia. As Kent gently wrestled wet newspaper from the grasp of its claws, she told Lobby Joe: “Life is going to get better.”
She released the Lobby Joe in a small cove. “There he goes, there he goes,” Kent said excitedly as the lobster scrambled over the rocks.
Back in Ontario, Christine cried as she heard that Lobby Joe had survived the journey and made it back to the ocean. While some have criticized her for supporting the lobster industry by purchasing the lobster, she said it was worth it.
“It’s a food animal to [most] and it’s not an attractive animal, but I tell people to close their eyes and picture something cuter waiting to die in the deli section,” she said. “I’m pretty sure you’d have an impulse to do something.”