"To be clear, we know lobsters can do this when they molt. It's just very unusual to actually see," said Marshall. "When that happened, we knew she could be safely released back into the sea."
In a week or so, after they're sure that her new shell has hardened, Marshall and the team plan to say farewell to their favorite patient.
"Hopefully Clawdia's story will lead people to think of lobsters as more than just dinner. We hope she'll find a nice safe spot and live another 80 or 90 years. If she avoids all the pots, she'll be alright. But if not, she's already done more than her part to help her species," Marshall said.
"Lobsters each year might expect to have one young survive from each batch of eggs, so in a short time with us, she's produced as many juvenile lobsters as she would have done in 10 lifetimes."
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