Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (AP) Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster.

Ali tells the Orange County Register he was closing his father’s business, Zack’s Pier Plaza, on Monday when he saw the ocean was calm and decided to dive for dinner.

He was down about 15 feet (four meters) going after a smaller lobster when he saw the giant. He says it was too big to grab properly, but it latched onto him, and he wrestled it to shore.

The lobster weighed nearly 18 pounds (8 kilograms)?even a 5-pounder (2.3-kilogram) is considered trophy-sized ?and was likely at least 30 years old.

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