Huge lobster saved from the pot

LONDON Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:40pm EDT

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LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest and oldest lobsters ever caught in Britain has been saved from the pot and will live out the rest of its long life in an aquarium.

The massive crustacean measures close to one meter (3 feet) in length and weighs more than 4 kg (9 lb).

"He's a fantastic specimen and by his size alone he has got to be at least 50 years old," said Lindsay Holloway of the Blue Reef aquarium in Portsmouth, southern England where the lobster now lives.

"He is an amazing creature and it's quite an achievement to have reached such an impressive age," he added.

The lobster was caught in around 14 feet of water by a compassionate angler fishing for sole in Bracklesham Bay, off the coast of West Sussex.

Lobsters are among the planet's oldest inhabitants with fossil remains found dating back more than 100 million years. They are also extremely long-lived with some reaching ages of over 80 years.

The aquarium said the heaviest recorded crustacean is an Atlantic lobster nicknamed Mike who was caught in 1934 and tipped the scales at an awesome 19 kg.

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Comments (6)
mars_axis wrote:
I never thought of Britian as a place where there would be lobsters, much less one this size. You learn something new every day, how do lobsters reproduce? Perhaps this big fellow could be used as a breeder.

Mar 15, 2011 4:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
meyerhd wrote:
The expense of ’saving’ every neat thing we come across is drowning the world in unnecessary expenses and debt. Why can’t we take a moment to appreciate and be thankful for these wonders, and then get on with life (or cooking, as it may be). I’m tired of seeing 10% of the buildings in my town labeled as ‘historic’ and must be ‘preserved’. How many Space Shuttles do we need to keep on display? We act like we have money to burn, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.

Mar 16, 2011 7:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobw111 wrote:
Usually they hit the Sand bars on Friday nights, knock back a half dozen Mojitos, go home with some bull lobster that promises to respect them in the morning, and find out a 2 months later that forgetting to take their birth control pills for a week straight wasn’t really such a good idea…

Mar 16, 2011 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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