Somewhere in the frigid depths of Canada's Bay of Fundy, a gigantic lobster nicknamed "King Louie" is breathing a huge sigh of relief.

The rare mammoth crustacean, measuring nearly 4 feet long and weighing in at an astounding 23 pounds, was recently captured and put up for sale in a southern New Brunswick lobster shop. With an estimated age of at least 100 years, the lobster quickly attracted attention from locals.

"This is a big, big lobster," Catherine MacDonald, who owns the Alma Lobster Shop, told the Canadian Press. "My daughter put it next to a three pound lobster, which is large, and most people have never seen a three-pound lobster, and it was as big as his claw."

Lucky for King Louie, a vegan activist from Nova Scotia heard about his plight and paid $230 to set him free. Then on a fishing vessel similar to the one that picked him up, the King was returned to his underwater throne.

"It went full circle," MacDonald quipped. "It was released on a vessel out in the Bay of Fundy in front of the village."

And long may he reign.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Vegan spends big bucks to return 100-year-old massive lobster to the sea
An animal activist paid $230 to set a 23-pound giant lobster back to its home in the Bay of Fundy.