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21-Pound Lobster Caught Off Cape Cod Beach

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(Photo Credit: Elise Costa)

(Photo Credit: Elise Costa)

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ORLEANS (CBS) – Capt’n Elmers in Orleans sells a lot of lobsters, but not many like this one.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports.


A 21-pound lobster recently caught off Nauset Beach in Orleans is now on display.

“I had its tail on my shoulder and I had each claw in one of my hands, and it was as long as my arms and as big as my torso. It’s giant,” said Manager Elise Costa.

Costa said the lobster’s claws were each about one foot long.

“Usually, for every four and a half pounds of live lobster, once you cook it and clean it, you get one pound of meat. So 21 divided by four and a half, that would give you about five pounds of meat,” said Costa.

Costa says a 27-pound lobster was caught off the coast of Maine in February, but catching a big lobster is becoming a rarity.

“They have changed the regulations and put what’s called a max gauge on some of these larger lobsters, and to the best of my knowledge, it’s one of the only areas in New England that doesn’t have a max gauge yet,” said Costa.

The plan is to show the lobster off for a few days and then either sell it or raffle it for charity.

“Often when we have lobsters this large, people come in to catch them, and they like to release them, which is kinda cool,” said Costa.

 

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