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Lobster Saved from Pot

August 9, 2013

A lobsteLionel the Lobster at Hastings Blue Reef Aquariumr which is thought to be up to 30 years old is looking forward to a second lease of life at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium after being saved from the cooking pot.

The crustacean was rescued after a last minute reprieve by kind-hearted local landlord Mark Little.

Mark, who runs the Dolphin Inn in Hastings, saved the lobster, who he nicknamed Lionel, after having second thoughts about having it cooked by his chef.

Instead he contacted aquarists at the nearby aquarium and offered to donate it to them instead.

Now Lionel is set to live out the remainder of his life in the safety of the aquarium –away from the attentions of would-be predators, pots and hungry chefs.

Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “Lionel was about to end up as the main course on a seafood menu when Mark took pity on him.

“Thanks to his last minute change of heart, Lionel can look forward to many more years of life, receiving a regular diet of fish and other tasty treats and safe from danger.

“As a token of our gratitude we’ve offered Mark an open invitation to come and visit Lionel as often as he likes…although we’re not sure if his chef will be quite as welcome a visitor to Lionel’s new home!” he added.

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 individuals reaching ages in excess of 80 years.

A lobster’s claws grow much faster than the rest of its body. In one giant specimen it’s claws were twice the weight of the rest of the animal.

As with most members of the crustacean family, lobsters are also able to re-grow lost limbs and even re-generate missing eyes.

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