Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante, 26, was just diving around Anacapa Island, California, when he stumbled across a giant lobster that weighs almost 12 pounds! The crustacean species, called the Pacific Spiny, are rarely seen in such large sizes, as most of them now weigh in around 3 pounds or so because of overfishing in the region.
“It’s an unbelievable cockroach,” he exclaimed in a video from Discovery Channel’s reality show Naked and Afraid.
The lobster, which Galante named Albert Girther, is estimated to be around 60-70 years old, which is amazing. Fun fact: unlike humans, male lobsters are more fertile the older they are.
Galante took the lobster home to Santa Barbara but decided – against the temptation of indulging in the crustacean meat – to set him free. Good ol’ Albert was placed in a marine reserve that doesn’t allow fishing. He’s obviously of good breeding, pointed out the biologist, so it would be good for Albert to live his life under the sea, and hopefully have more lobster children.
It’s not hard to tell that Galante bonded with his new buddy. “I mean any lobster that can bear hug a man must be pretty huge!” he said excitedly.
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