Monster 10lb lobster saved from the cooking pot
A massive lobster more than half a century old has been saved from the cooking pot – by a fishmonger.
The colossal crustacean, which tips the scales at almost 10lb (4.5kg), was landed off the coast of Devon and destined for export to a Spanish kitchen.
But a kind-hearted fish merchant deemed the lobster too old and too special to eat and donated him to Bristol Aquarium.
With claws as big as human hands, Patrick, as the giant lobster has been named, will spend its remaining years in the aquarium's huge native marine display tank.
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Curator Dan de Castro said: "Patrick is a truly impressive specimen.
"In spite of his age and his size, the lobster appears to be in truly excellent condition.
"His claws are so large that he can hardly hold them up when he is out of the water and you need to be careful when you handle him.
"There are many lobster-sized hiding places in the display and he will be able to live out the remainder of his days in very comfortable surroundings, with a regular supply of fresh food and be forever safe from the pot."
The majority of lobsters landed at Plymouth harbour are transported live to Spain, where they are destined for the cooking pot.