The Day of New London reports Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was visiting tourist attractions in southeastern Connecti-cut when he issued the impromptu pardon at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough restaurant in Noank.
The governor then released the crustacean into the Mystic River.
The move came a day after a Niantic man bought a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant and released it back into Long Island Sound.
Randy Fiveash, the state’s tourism director, compared the governor’s action to the president’s annual pardon of a turkey on Thanksgiving.
Malloy has been visiting tourist spots across the state after launching a two-year, $27 million campaign earlier this year to promote the industry.
——— Information from: The Day.