Surprise: Maine Lobster Caught in ... California It's the first one seen off Bay Area coast By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 27, 2013 4:00 PM CST 19 comments Comments File photo of a Maine lobster, caught in the correct ocean. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File) (Newser) – A fishing boat out of Sausalito, Calif., caught a creature a long way from home in one of its crab traps—a Maine lobster, reports NorCalFishingNews.com. The 8-pounder turned up near the Farallon Islands, thus becoming the first Maine lobster ever spotted off the Bay Area coast, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "My bet is somebody bought it at Chinese restaurant in San Francisco and then let it go," says a marine biologist. The good news is that the fishermen set the lobster free after taking photos. The bad news is that he's up against some seriously bad odds of finding a mate.