By Amanda Raus
Waterford, CT (WVIT/NBC) - Seafood is normally the biggest attraction at the Dock Restaurant in Waterford, Connecticut, but this weekend "Larry the Lobster" stole the show.
The 17-pound lobster became the center of attention when he first arrived.
"People were so excited to see him, especially the kids, they loved him," said fock manager Kristen Eighme.
But when they heard Larry's next home would be a lobster pot, they weren't too excited.
Enter Don Mackenzie, Vice President of Boats Incorporated, located just across the Niantic River from the restaurant.
He couldn't let the lobster be someone's dinner.
"If he is 70 to 100-years-old, he's seen a lot of history, and speaking to the people at the aquarium, there's a lot more history to come. He could live to be over 100-years-old, so instead of someone enjoying him for 15-20 minutes in a pot or butter and bit, let's let him find a home," MacKenzie said.
So Mackenzie bought the lobster from the restaurant.
He wouldn't say how much it cost him, only that it's the most expensive lobster he's never eaten.
"He sold me the lobster at his cost, and today Larry's free," MacKenzie laughed.
Where the lobster was actually released is still a mystery.
They wanted to make sure the lobster had a chance to survive.