Really Big Lobsters & The People Who Save Them


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)
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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

2 Replies to “Really Big Lobsters & The People Who Save Them”

  1. I will try hard not to voice my opinion about this Haligonian couple and limit myself to a comment about the photo you use to illustrate this post. It is the wrong lobster! A more zoologically correct photo would be of the World’s Largest Lobster monument in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada (not far from Halifax). A photo (link above) is available at one of my favorite sites,, offering an unforgettable journey through the Canada we all love.

  2. I don’t imagine a 60 year old lobster would taste good so why not buy him out of a store tank and send him off to BIO?

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