Blog: “Free Monstro!”

Catherine Sleep | 16 November 2006

You’ve heard of Free Willy; now it’s the turn of Monstro the lobster to have citizens campaigning for his liberty. Monstro is a 15-pound lobster caught off the coast of Massachusetts and perilously rehoused in a restaurant in the fortuitously named Bethlehem.

And lo, Monstro did indeed rise again, as the restaurant owner’s 7-year-old daughter pleaded for his life. Her entrepreneurial father had the brainwave of selling raffle tickets for the right to choose whether he should live or die. Having raised Monstro’s retail price of US$150, a winning ticket was drawn and the winner, clearly no seafood fan, decided to spare his life.

He was ceremonially returned to the ocean, with any luck having learned the salutary lesson that lobster pots may look cosy but they’re bad news for lobsters.

Lobster escapes the cooking pot


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