Luke the 18-pound monster lobster heading back to ocean

SCITUATE, Mass. (NBC/WHDH) — An 18-pound “Godzilla”-sized lobster in Scituate, Mass., that’s been at the bottom of a fish market tank for weeks is headed back to the open ocean.

Luke is unlike anything you have ever seen. At 18 pounds, he is the biggest attraction in town.

“I have been getting phone calls all morning from people, ‘Oh, can we come and see the lobster? Can I bring my kids to see the lobster?’” said Samantha Dwyer, with Mullaney’s Fish Market.

It’s fair to say that Samantha Dwyer and her dad, Dave, know a thing or two about seafood.

“I never tasted a lobster I didn’t like,” said Dave Dwyer, with Mullaney’s Fish Market.

But Luke is a rare catch.

“All of a sudden, I see this claw coming for my hand, so I was kind of taken aback,” said Dave.

Luke made his way to Scituate around the Fourth of July holiday.

“We don’t even know where he came from, actually, and no one has taken credit for it,” said Dave.

He is a little scary and so big that you have to cradle him like a baby, but man, everyone loves it.

Still, Luke is not on the menu.

“At first, we thought about it,” said Dave. “And at first, we thought about doing it ourselves. And then, it was like, ‘You can’t,’” save Dave.

For now, this crazy crustacean is just soaking in his last few days in the tank before he is released back into the ocean on Friday.

“He is a nice little guy,” said Samantha. “We have named him and everything. It’s kind of like, Oh, I don’t want to see him go.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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