How much would you pay to save a lobster? $160 is the amount Chris Crowell and his wife Jyll Prole paid to purchase a lobster from a Halifax grocery store. Why so much? The lobster, now named Rex, weighed in at 7kg (15.4 lbs). The couple donated Rex to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where Jim Frost, laboratory manager, estimates Rex is 60 years old based on his size. Although large, Rex will not be the largest on record. The top 3 largest lobsters, Homarus americanus, by weight on record are.
- ‘Mike’ caught in 1934 19.25kg (42.44 lbs)
- an unconfirmed, unnamed female at 11.34kg (25lbs)
- ‘Bubba’ caught in 2005 off Nantucket 9.98kg (22lbs), housed at New England Aquarium in 1985
- ‘Mimi’ caught in 1990 7.94kg (17.50lbs)