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King Announces Lobster Emoji Officially Coming Soon

Maine senator pushed for the crustacean to be added to the list

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, touted his successful campaign for lobsters on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

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.

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