A GIANT lobster which is believed to be more than 50 years old has been saved from the pot after a fisherman took pity on it after catching it off the coast.
The creature – which measures about 3ft in length and weighs nearly 9lb – was landed in 46ft of water in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex, by Marcus Hyde on his boat Hey Jude while fishing for sole.
But because Mr Hyde considered the lobster too old and too special to be eaten, he decided to donate it to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea.
The lobster is now being given a ‘peaceful retirement’ home in the aquarium’s sandy seabed display.
Blue Reef’s Lindsay Holloway said: ‘He’s a fantastic specimen and by his size alone he has got to be at least 50 years old.
‘He is an amazing creature and it’s quite an achievement to have reached such an impressive age.
‘There are loads of lobster-sized nooks and crevices in the display and he’ll be able to live out the remainder of his days in extremely comfortable surroundings, safe from the pot.’
Lobsters can live for more than 80 years.