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EUROPEAN LOBSTER

Illustration by Alice Goodridge

Outrageously blue, it was hard to miss a beached lobster (Homarus gammarus) I saw while walking my dog. I picked it up and dashed between breakers to put it back in the sea. After a moment of satisfaction about animal rescue I regretted it. Beautiful fresh lobster handed to me by Neptune and I gave it back.

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