NIANTIC, CT. (CNN) - A Connecticut man couldn't bear to see a giant lobster's life end on the dinner plate. So he did what any nice guy with a soft heart would do. He bought the crustacean and released it back into the ocean in a secret location.
John Carlton has the story.
The dock restaurant in Niantic sells a lot of good-sized lobsters, but one lobster really tipped the scale.
Add another 10-pounds to that and you've got "Larry".
A small dog. He was huge, gave me a good workout this weekend.
(Reporter: Did you put a leash on him?)
Ha, nope. We didn't take him for any walks.
Kristen Eighme was Larry, the 17-pound lobster's nanny.
I didn't kiss him. I don't kiss and tell.
There wasn't even a kiss goodbye. Thankfully for Larry goodbye didn't mean he became a meal.
(Reporter: Was he scheduled for someone's dinner plate?)
Yes he was.
Don Mackenzie, an admitted lobster-lover, to eat that is, became Larry’s savior. The "boats, inc." v-p bought the big boy for an undisclosed price. He'll only say he had to throw down a few Benjamin’s for Larry.
I called the aquarium. They didn't want it, but they told me how to release it.
So don, Larry and a couple others went for a boat ride Tuesday.
We found him a nice spot about 25-to-30 feet deep. There are a lot of rocks around there that will hopefully dodge the draggers; he's too big to fit into a lobster pot.
Larry's new home is also a secret for his own protection. Both Larry and Don are now inspirations.
We'll go let one go. It makes you feel a little better, contribute back to the population.