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Note: This is NOT the ship that caught "King Louie" the lobster. FILE: In this Monday, May 23, 2016 photo, the fishing vessel Cailyn Grace arrives at a dock carrying a catch of whelks in Little Compton, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A woman paid about $175 for a 23-pound lobster named 'King Louie' and then set him free


This 23-pound lobster dubbed King Louie was given a second chance at life.

Long live King Louie!

A Canadian woman paid $230 Canadian (about $175 U.S. dollars) in exchange for the giant crustacean, estimated to be 100 years old, Canadian news channel CTV reported.

Katie Conklin, a vegan who lives in Nova Scotia, wanted to save King Louie from the dinner table.

The enormous lobster was caught in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick province by Rodney MacDonald, whose family runs the Alma Lobster Shop.

Here's Conklin, pictured holding King Louie.

After spending a few days at the shop, Conklin returned King Louie to his throne -- back in the ocean.

"I just hope he carries his genes and lives a happy life for his second chance," Conklin told CTV.

MacDonald's wife told CTV she's OK with the odd catch-and-release. "This is kind of how we make our living. Well, my husband's a lobster fisherman, and we sell his lobster and that's how we survive."

Read more about King Louie here.

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