LINGAN — The owner of a local lobster pound is expecting people will come by to buy their dinner, but also to view a special guest.
© Sharon Montgomery-Dupe - Cape Breton Post
Shirley Rockett, owner of Rockett’s Lobsters in Lingan, holds a white lobster that her neighbour Stan Eksal discovered in one of his lobster traps. Rockett said the public is welcome to come down and see the lobster.
Shirley Rockett of Rockett’s Lobsters on the Lingan wharf, said her neighbour Stan Eksal, 77, who fishes aboard his boat Captain Morgan, discovered a 1.5-pound white lobster in a trap.
“National Geographic says this is a one in 100 million find.”
Eksal gave Rockett the lobster, which has been named Stan.
“We are going to call (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) to see if they will tag (and track him). We are going to keep him until the end of the season then free him,” she said.
Lobster fishing season began May 17 in area 27 and is scheduled to end July 11.
Rockett said the lobster pound is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week if anyone wishes to come and see the rare lobster.
She said not many people have been by to see it.
“Not a lot of people know about it,” she said. “A school teacher came down to take a picture of it to show his class.”
In the meantime, the white lobster is being treated royally, including at dinner time, when it gets fed mackerel.
“We take the bands off him and put the mackerel in the crate and if he wants to eat it he can eat it. He’s pretty healthy.”
The white lobster is in good company. The lobster pound also has a green lobster and an orange lobster with black polka dots.
All three lobsters will be released at the end of the season.
Rockett’s late husband Michael (Valentino) fished all his life, until his death in 1991. She took over the business and now fishes herself along with her three sons.
She said they have come across many interesting lobsters in the past including a yellow one and one with a claw growing off another claw. However you might say Rockett’s ‘biggest’ find was a 12-pound lobster caught in one of her traps several years ago.
“I have a competition with my three sons, who gets the biggest one. I’m still in the lead.”