“You take an animal that’s acclimated to cold water and you put it in warm water like you have in Ryder’s Cove [where he was released], and it can cause a lot of physiological stress,” Owen Nichols, director of marine fisheries research at the Center, said. After they released him, the brothers Schmidt had said Big Lobi “walked away pretty fast”—directly into the cold, lifeless claws of death, it seems.

Fortuntely, Big Lobi’s large, dead body will be put to good use.

From the Times:

[Wilkes] gave the lobster’s body to Jenny Bovey, a local artist and owner of Blue Water Fish Rubbings, who uses dead sea creatures to make prints for clothing, accessories and tapestries. Bovey will create a rubbing of the lobster to donate to Best Buddies, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to be auctioned off at one of the group’s fundraisers.


Big Lobi isn’t even close to being the first creature to die after coming into contact with well-meaning but clueless humans. Larry the lobster, various seals, and a bison calf from Yellowstone National Park all met their ends this year after humans interfered.

[The Cape Cod Times]