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CANADA: Upstart lobster gets in on Groundhog Day

Also, lobster beer is a thing. Did you know that?
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Lucy the Lobster (photo courtesy of LucyLobsterNS/Twitter)

Shubenacadie Sam isn't Nova Scotia's only pet prognosticator. Last Feb. 2 Lucy the Lobster made her Groundhog Day debut.

The Barrington Passage-based crustacean crawled out of the Atlantic Ocean for the first time to deliver her prediction on how long winter would last.

"Of course she's back," said Donna Hatt, chair of the South Shore Tourism Cooperative. "She's actually at the spa right now at Capt. Kat's Lobster Shack in Barrington."

While she may not be furry like her other famous forecasting friends, Hatt said Lucy keeps in close communication with her rodent colleagues, including Shubenacadie Sam, Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil.

"They all kind of exchange game plans on what's the best way to get ready for this big day," Hatt said. "Lucy particularly likes being submersed in salt water and resting while folks are coming to see her and visit her."

Lucy's Groundhog Day prediction, set to take place at 8 a.m., is a part of the South Shore Lobster Crawl.

Popular for beaches, scenic fishing towns and of course lobster, tourists flock to the South Shore every summer but Hatt explained that isn't the tastiest season.

"Why waste all of the potential of lobster season when it happens over the course of seven months along the South Shore ... it's not lobster season in the summer," Hatt said. "If you really want the tastiest, sweetest, best lobster of all the seasons, you should visit the South Shore in winter."

The South Shore Lobster Crawl runs from Feb. 1 - 18 and features lobster rolls, lobster-infused dishes and even lobster beer.