There will be a lobster emoji available for use later this year, thanks to the crustacean’s best advocate, Sen. Angus King of Maine.
Unicode Consortium, which manages the standard set of characters used by most major websites and applications, unveiled its new emoji characters in the 2018 release of the standard character set.
The consortium annually updates standards and encourages proposals for additions, which is how King got the lobster on the list.
Great news for Maine - we're getting a lobster emoji!!! Thanks to @unicode for recognizing the impact of this critical crustacean, in Maine and across the country.Yours truly, Senator 🐮👑 — Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) February 7, 2018
The senator wrote to Unicode requesting a lobster emoji in September 2017 and cited the importance of the animal on Maine’s culture and economy.
In October, King talked to Roll Call about his lobster emoji campaign.