BOOTHBAY HARBOR — A giant 27-pound lobster has been caught off the Maine coast, but it won’t be going into a pot of boiling water.

Cushing shrimp fisherman Robert Malone caught the monster crustacean in his nets Friday. He gave it to the Department of Marine Resources to deliver to the aquarium it operates in Boothbay Harbor.

The beast weighs 27 pounds and measures nearly 40 inches long. It was dubbed Rocky because it was caught in the Rockland area.

The lobster is the biggest ever brought to the aquarium and huge compared to 1- to 2-pound lobsters people typically eat. The biggest lobster on record was caught off Nova Scotia and weighed more than 40 pounds.

Hayden-Rodriquez says Rocky will soon be released into the ocean because he’ll fare better in the wild.

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