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Scituate fish market owner to release 18-pound lobster

That’s a lot of lobster.

The 18-pound, barnacle-encrusted lobster had seen better days.

After evading for at least 75 years the fate met by countless other crustaceans, he found himself in an offshore trawler, ultimately ending up in the tank at Mullaney’s Fish Market in Scituate.

Luckily for the lobster, store owner Joby Norton has a soft spot for older sea creatures.

“We’ve had people come in who wanted to buy him for the Fourth, but we decided we don’t want to sell him,” Norton said Tuesday in his Scituate Harbor market. “We’re better off letting him go so he can live out his life.”

Dubbed “Luke” by the staff at Mullaney’s, the humongous lobster will soon return to his natural habitat. Norton plans to send him back out to sea on a lobster boat as soon as this weekend.

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