After months of effort, Maine’s hard work has paid off: A lobster will be among the latest batch of emoji, coming soon to a smartphone near you.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter, and his excitement was palpable.
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.
— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) February 7, 2018
Maine, led in this case by King, for months has been pleading its case to the Unicode Consortium, aka the Emoji Boss, asking for a lobster emoji. The organization announced on Wednesday that the next round of new emoji will include “images like a ‘hot face,’ a pirate flag, a mosquito, and, yes, a lobster,” according to Boston Magazine.
This past September, King sent a letter to the organization, making a detailed case for an official lobster emoji. In it, he cites the animal’s cultural significance, its role in the Maine economy, and the demand for the lobster image as demonstrated by Google searches and use of the hashtag #NoLobsterEmoji. “A new lobster emoji would fill a necessary and unique void in the current Emoji List, and, should it be added, appears destined for significant usage by lobster fans around the world,” he wrote. “Neither the existing crab nor shrimp emoji can be effectively used to represent a lobster, which has a distinctively different profile.”
A petition had also been circulated on Change.org calling for the lobster’s addition to the emoji canon, which garnered more than 5,000 signatures.
The emoji is due to arrive later this year.