FILE (AP Photo/New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernfeind)
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man purchased a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant, then released the crustacean back into Long Island Sound.
Don MacKenzie of Niantic tells The Day of New London he knew the lobster, nicknamed "Lucky Larry" by local children, would have to be about 80-years-old to reach his current size and felt it deserved to live.
MacKenzie won't say how much he paid The Dock restaurant to take Larry off the menu.
He took the lobster back to sea Tuesday, releasing it in a secret location.
MacKenzie received a send-off from a group of children chanting "Let Larry Live" and the lobster was given a salute from the Niantic River Bridge operator who sounded the lift bridge's siren as the boat carrying it headed back to sea.