Massive lobster back in ocean after grandfather urged woman to save it

Katie Conklin says she didn’t wake up on Tuesday intending to save a giant lobster. 

The 27-year-old Halifax woman says that changed when she was contacted by her grandfather, who is in his late 80s and lives near Woodstock, N.B.

He had heard about a 23-pound live lobster at a seafood shop in Alma, N.B., that was estimated to be several decades old. Conklin is a vegan and says her grandfather definitely is not, but they agreed about the lobster’s fate.

“He doesn’t deserve to die in a tank,” she said. 

Katie Conklin, 27, went vegan three years ago out of a belief that all living creatures matter. (Katie Conklin)

Conklin says at her grandfather’s urging, she called up the Alma Lobster Shop to see what could be done to save the lobster. The shop’s owners agreed to sell the lobster, dubbed King Louie, to her for $230, or $10 per pound. It had been caught by a…

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