Look out, ocean. Lobby Joe the lobster is back.
Ontario resident Christine Loughead was at a grocery store in Red Lake last month when she spotted a live lobster sitting in a tank alone at the seafood market. While most of us would’ve just kept on shopping, Loughead couldn’t help but feel bad for the little guy. That’s why, in a rush of spontaneity, she decided to buy the lobster to spare it from becoming someone’s dinner and get it back into the ocean.
Little did she know what an epic journey that mission would become.
She brought the lobster home, dropped him into a saltwater tank she prepared and named him “Lobby Joe.” After doing a little research online, Loughead determined that ol’ Lobby likely came from Nova Scotia, and so she began looking for courier companies that would be willing to ship live animals to the East Coast. The closest one she found was a UPS in Manitoba — six hours away. But the real problem was that even if she made the drive, there wouldn’t be anyone to pick up Lobby Joe after he arrived in the Maritimes.
That’s when Loughead came up with another idea: to post a message about her lobster on a Facebook group for vegans in Halifax to see if any of them would be willing to help. It wasn’t long before a woman named Beth Kent answered, saying she would be happy to carry out the rest of the lobster’s journey.
With all the details now worked out, Loughead got in a car, drove six hours to Manitoba and paid UPS $225 to deliver Lobby Joe. The lobster, meanwhile, was loaded onto a plane and arrived in Halifax the very next day.
“Welcome to Nova Scotia! Do you remember it here?” Kent said as she removed the lobster from his box. “Life’s going to get better, OK?”
Kent then drove about one hour to get to Bridgewater, and Lobby Joe’s big moment finally arrived.
“There he goes!” Kent says as the lobster swims into the ocean. “Right down to the bottom!”
You can watch the entire adventure in the YouTube video below: