BEALS ISLAND — Lobster fishermen in eastern Maine say they have erected what they claim is the world’s largest Christmas tree made out of lobster traps.

A dozen lobstermen on Beals Island spent more than a week erecting a tree-shaped pile of 769 traps that stands 50 feet tall and is adorned with lights and lobster buoys as ornaments. More than 400 people gathered Sunday night as the tree was lit up.

Organizer Buddy Mills told the Bangor Daily News that he doesn’t know of a bigger lobster trap tree. By comparison, he said a trap tree in Rockland is only 35 feet high with 152 traps, and that another one in Gloucester, Mass., also falls short.