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Large lobster attracting people to NY restaurant

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A 95-year-old lobster is an attraction at Jordan Lobster Farms in New York. (CBS News) A 95-year-old lobster is an attraction at Jordan Lobster Farms in New York. (CBS News)
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There's a new attraction at Jordan Lobster Farms in New York this week.

A crustacean so big employees are surprised by it and customers would rather take pictures with it than eat it.

"I've heard of these enormous lobsters but I've never seen one so it's a real treat,” Brittney Beigel, who is a Long Beach Resident, said.  

"It's humongous,” Jordan Lobster Farms employee Joann Alegria said.

"That one you have to use your whole body weight to lift it up so that's crazy,” Jordan Lobster Farms employee Erika Opena said.

Jordan Lobster Farms  owner, Stephen Jordan said he is no stranger to large lobsters.

Restaurant owners and diners routinely come to his wholesale and retail business for five, seven even 10 pound lobsters. But this one officially weighs in at a whopping 23 pounds!

"We received it yesterday morning from one of our fisherman who's in the Bay of Fundy,” Jordan said. “He shipped it in, he didn't even tell us he said look in the crate we opened it up and we were like whoa!!"   

There's no way to tell a lobster's exact age but based on its weight and size fisherman say this one is roughly 95 years old.

Jordan said it's been about a decade since he's had a lobster this big. So instead of selling it he's going to donate it to the Long Island Aquarium."

 "It's almost like a dinosaur you'd like to see it continue on and I think they would take good care of it,” Jordan said.  

"I think it's a nice thing for him to do that kids will get to see it,” Plainview resident Alisa Glasel said.

"It's more cool to watch it and look at it than eat it,” Dennis Lynch, of Huntington, said.   

Restaurant customers can continue to have close encounters with this big guy until he heads to his new home at the aquarium in a few days.

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