​56 Pound Rock Lobster Caught: Large Lobster Fetches For Giant $95k In China

Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Nov, 12, 2014 | 9:54 AM

A 56 pound rock lobster caught by a Chinese fisherman was ultimately fetched for $95,000 by an intense bidding war that lasted for several minutes.

This multi-colored lobster is more than three times the species’ average weight, according to the Examiner. Zheng Lee Pan must have thought it was his lucky day when he pondered on what he dragged from the waters. In fact, he could not have imagined how lucky the catch would turn out to be.

“They were shouting out that it was the god of lobsters, and I couldn’t believe it when the price just kept going up.”

The winning bid for this 56 pound rock lobster caught in China was more than twice the amount ever paid at the fish market in the coastal community of Wenling.

The buyer chose to remain anonymous but one of the bidders, 32-year-old Fang Li, told the Express that the price quickly escalated beyond what she was prepared to pay.

Tropical rock lobsters are found throughout much of the Indo-Pacific, and their unique coloration varies. They are caught sporadically via net or spear, so the rarity in this case is not so much the catch, but the immense size, according to The Inquisitr.

Plenty of fishermen have seen a rare rock lobster, but nothing like this one. A lobster like this is highly valued as a dish, and are one of the most popular edible types of lobster. Attempts to breed tropical rock lobsters in captivity, though, have proven unsuccessful.

The previous record-holding lobster was about 28 lbs, caught in the coastal city of Wenling, China, and sold at a fish market there.

As reported by NewsOXY, a 27-pound lobster was caught and donated to the Maine State Aquarium. It was caught in the vicinity of Rockland, Maine, and named Rocky. Interesting enough, Times Food Editor Russ Parsons said he would avoid making dinner out of Rocky.

“The generally accepted wisdom on lobsters is that any time you get above, say, 3 pounds, bigger is certainly not better … These are old beasts and they tend to be tough. An aquarium is almost certainly its highest and best use. Preferably a very large aquarium.”

The 56 pound rock lobster caught is the biggest in China, and the bid winner will need a very large pot.

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