Giant lobster saved from the pot by van drivers

WHOPPER! Robbie Robinson of the Blue Reed with the giant lobster
WHOPPER! Robbie Robinson of the Blue Reed with the giant lobster
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A GIANT 50-year-old lobster has been saved from the cooking pot and donated to an aquarium in Portsmouth.

Commercial van drivers Mark Corp and his friend Mark Reed, who work for BAE Systems at Portsmouth Naval Base, said it would have been ‘criminal’ to allow the huge crustacean to end up on someone’s dinner plate.

The pair paid a fishmonger £100 for the 15lbs 4oz lobster and delivered it to Blue Reef Aquarium on Southsea seafront, where staff say it is the largest they have seen.

Mr Corp said: ‘We love lobster and we’d have love to have eaten him but he was so big we thought it would be criminal to see him go like that. He’s the biggest lobster we’ve ever seen and Mark used to be a fisherman.

‘He has never seen one that big so we are just pleased that we were able to take him somewhere he can live and the public can go enjoy him.’

The lobster has been nicknamed Larry by aquarists.

Blue Reef’s Robbie Robinson said: ‘These two chaps turned up at reception and said they had just bought a lobster for £100 from a local fishmongers and wanted us to look after it.

‘They said they didn’t want it to end up being eaten and asked if we could give it a new home. It’s definitely the biggest lobster I’ve ever seen and is in amazing condition.

‘Trying to accurately age a lobster is virtually impossible but judging by its size we reckon he must be at least 50.’