March 2, 2005 by



Categories: Misc.

Bubba, a 22-pound lobster who survived the 660-mile trip from the coast of Massachusetts to Pennsylvania, died on March 2 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. His exact age was unknown, but marine biologists estimate he was between 30 and 50 years old.
After avoiding fisherman his entire life, Bubba was finally caught in the waters off Nantucket, Mass. The huge crustacean spent a week on display at Wholey’s Market in Pittsburgh, where he became a star attraction and media celebrity. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the store’s owner, and offered to release the lobster back into the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, a group known as People Eating Tasty Animals requested the opportunity to purchase and eat him.
Bubba was transferred to the zoo earlier this week and placed in quarantine. Once a health exam was completed, the three-foot-long lobster was scheduled to become a permanent exhibit at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Although cause of death has not yet been determined, a zoo spokesperson said the stress of moving was a likely factor.
The largest lobster on record was caught off Nova Scotia in 1977 and weighed 44 pounds 6 ounces.
Watch a CBS News Story on Bubba

3 Responses to Bubba

  1. Wayne

    It is painfully clear that death came to him as it has for so many prior captives.
    He died from overexposure…
    to humans.

  2. SKR

    It makes me both sad and angry. Treating a 50 to 100 year old life like it’s nothing but a dollar sign. Disgusting. What would it have hurt to leave it alone?!

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