Claim: Caught lobsters freed by Buddhists were quickly recaptured by fishermen.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, August 2011]
The men of a lobster boat called the Degelyse in Gloucester, Massachusetts are our
The Buddhists took the lobsters on a whale-watching ship. Out in the ocean, they held a prayer ceremony, sprayed them with holy water, cut the bands on their claws, and released them back into the sea. Lobsters aren’t exactly the fastest creatures in the ocean. So the folks on the Degelyse decided to lay their traps at the site of the ceremony to see if any lobsters were still around. They pulled their traps up yesterday, and they managed to catch, exactly
Origins: While lobsters and Buddhists are new to it, the underlying fable about the thwarting of
In 2011’s version, it was lobsters set upon by profit-driven fisherman immediately upon their release back into the wild. The lobsters granted a reprieve by kind-hearted Buddhists were, according to this tale, almost immediately retaken by wily fishermen who knew to be lying in wait at the release point.
While the story about the repotted lobsters was based on an actual event, it was wildly fictionalized. The lobsters and the Buddhists were real, but the wily fishermen lying in wait part were pure invention.
So much for the truth of the matter. Now on to the fiction.
A Gloucester dock owner and blogger at goodmorninggloucester.org decided to indulge in a bit of fun. In his
The footage was of an ordinary lobster run, with the boat crew playing along with the joke. In reality, even if they’d had the precise coordinates of where their quarry was released, the crew wouldn’t have been able to pull up their traps, transport them to the new site, and get them situated before the liberated delicacies were well clear of the area.
Barbara “free food” Mikkelson
Last updated: 5 September 2011
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