ME senator claws his way to lobster emoji victory

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"Neither the existing crab nor shrimp emoji can be effectively used to represent a lobster, which has a distinctively different profile", wrote King, who was also among the nine New England senators who co-sponsored a successful resolution a year ago designating September 25 as "National Lobster Day".

But alas, lobster aficionados won't be able to use the emoji just yet. He thanked the emoji-creating company "for recognizing the impact of this critical crustacean, in ME and across the country".

That's right, after an online petition gathered thousands of signatures, the lobster is getting its own emoji.

On Wednesday, the Unicode Consortium announced the emoji would be added to its library, a move that King hailed as "great news".

Maine's junior senator even signed his congratulatory Tweet with emojis: A cow's face (angus, get it?) and a king's crown.

On Wednesday, The Unicode Consortium released Emoji 11.0, which includes a finalized list of 157 new emojis. Internet arbiter of teen cool The Unicode Consortium has published the new list, which contains superheroes, red-headed people, and a brand-new party face.

The new lobster emoji is months in the making. A mosquito emoji is also being added.

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