Goliath, 15.5-pound lobster spared the pot

The fishmonger Christian Amyot and Goliath, a giant lobster that weighs 15.5 pounds Thursday,...

The fishmonger Christian Amyot and Goliath, a giant lobster that weighs 15.5 pounds Thursday, January 10, 2013. (FRANÇOIS LARIVIÈRE/ QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:32 PM ET

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Goliath, a 15.5-pound lobster that had been for sale at a grocery store outside Montreal, has been saved from the pot and will live out the rest of its life at the Montreal Biodome instead.

Goliath has been spared from sale at the IGA Extra in Varennes, Que., after store manager received e-mails from as far afield as Belgium and France begging him to spare the crustacean after a QMI Agency report revealed the lobster's existence.

"People asked me not to sell, and said that it would be sad for his life to end on a plate," Yves Lalonde said in French. "I contacted the Biodome and asked them if they'd like to take it. They agreed, and I asked them to keep his name."

Upon arriving at the Biodome, Goliath was put into quarantine, where the lobster will remain for a month while it acclimatizes to its new home.


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