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    You were salty, but you were still a craw to us. Leigh M. Portland ... http://story.news.yahoo.com/news? tmpl=story&cid=817&e=1&u=/ap/leviathan_lobster Bubba
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      You were salty, but you were still a craw to us.

      Leigh M.
      Portland
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      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&cid=817&e=1&u=/ap/leviathan_lobster

      Bubba the Leviathan Lobster Dies at Zoo

      Thu Mar 3, 8:54 AM ET

      Add to My Yahoo! Strange News - AP

      PITTSBURGH - He dodged lobster pots for decades, endured a trip from
      the coast of Massachusetts to Pittsburgh and survived about a week
      in a fish market. But a trip to the zoo proved to be too much for a
      22-pound lobster named Bubba.

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      The leviathan of a lobster died Wednesday afternoon at the
      Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium about a day after he was moved from
      Wholey's Market, said zoo spokeswoman Rachel Capp and Bob Wholey,
      owner of the fish market.

      "They're very finicky. It could have been a change in the water. You
      have no idea," said Wholey.

      Bubba died in a quarantine area of the zoo's aquarium, where he was
      being checked out to see if he was healthy enough to make a trip to
      an aquarium at a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, Capp said.

      Bubba will be examined to try to figure out why he died, although
      Capp and Wholey guessed it may have been the stress of being moved.

      Based on how long it typically takes a lobster to reach eating size —
      about five to seven years to grow to a pound — some estimated Bubba
      was about 100 years old. But marine biologists said 30 to 50 years
      was more likely.

      Other large lobsters didn't fare well after they were caught, too.

      In 1985, a 25-pound lobster that the New England Aquarium planned to
      give to a Tokyo museum died when the water temperature rose and the
      salt dropped in its aquarium. In 1990, a 17 1/2-pound lobster named
      Mimi died just days after being flown to a restaurant in Detroit.
      Last year, a 14-pound lobster named Hercules that was rescued by a
      Washington state middle school class died before it could be
      released off the coast of Maine.

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      On the Net:

      Wholey's: http://www.wholey.com/

      Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: http://www.pittsburghzoo.com/
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