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Blogger says lobster tale was joke

No plan to retake catch dumped into sea by Buddhists

By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / August 10, 2011

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A Gloucester blogger admitted yesterday that he knew a group of lobstermen were only joking around about trying to catch lobsters that were tossed back in the ocean late last week by some Buddhists seeking good karma.

On Aug. 3, the group of Buddhists went to Gloucester and purchased 534 lobsters from a wholesaler and dumped them back into the sea in a prayer ceremony.

The headline of dock owner Joe Ciaramitaro’s Monday entry on his website, goodmorninggloucester.org, was, “The Crew of the Degelyse Sets Out to Catch Liberated Buddhist Lobsters,’’ accompanied by a video showing the lobstermen talking about trying to rehaul the same lobsters that were dumped back into the sea.

The posting immediately drew an angry response online and grabbed media attention.

Ciaramitaro told the news media, including the Globe, that the Degelyse crew had been on the grounds of the Buddhist drop zone, trying to catch the newly freed crustaceans.

As Ciaramitaro acknowledged in a phone interview yesterday, the lobster pots being fished in the video had been placed in a different location at least a day before the Buddhist ceremony took place.

The Degelyse never went to the drop zone, he said yesterday. They never set out to catch - and probably did not catch - any of the Buddhists’ lobsters.

Ciaramitaro said the blog post was meant as a joke. “They didn’t fish anywhere close to that,’’ he admitted yesterday.

“It would be physically impossible for them to move that amount of gear in that amount of time.’’

Ciaramitaro, in a post yesterday, took responsibility.

“I was obviously wrong, and people did not understand with the outlandishness of it all that it was a joke,’’ he wrote. “It’s on me.’’