PHIPPSBURG (NEWS CENTER Maine) — Too big for even a trap, a 25-pound lobster required some serious muscle to pull it out of the ocean off the coast of Phippsburg.

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Lobsterman Eric Wallace caught the monster male crustacean that he estimates to be at least 100 years old. Lucky for Wallace, the Moby Dick-sized lobster snagged his giant claw in the rope of Wallace's trap resulting in the brief capture. In the state of Maine, lobsters' backs must measure more than 5 inches to be kept.

Wallace, who was out fishing with his son Alex, was excited to get the rare sighting of such a large creature whom, after a brief photo op, they threw back into the sea to live out the remainder of his days.

Wallace has been lobstering for 35 years but had never pulled such a large catch aboard his boat, "BadPenny". (His boat is named after his wife Penny, who says she wishes she had been aboard to meet the Moby Dick-sized lobster.)

With a claw larger than the experienced fisherman's head, images of the creature have taken off on social media.