Biggest ever lobster saved from pot is 50 years old and worth £180

A huge lobster caught off the Cornish coast, which was saved from the pot, is 50 years old and is worth a staggering £180.

The massive crustacean weighs a whopping 4.6 kilos, which is more than double the size of an average catch – usually between half a kilo and two kilos.

It was brought into Pengelly's Fishmongers in Looe, Cornwall, where trainee fishmonger, Jacquie Spencer, was so impressed, she "just had to save him from being eaten".

She said: "We've got a lobster tank at the fishmongers and so we're used to having live lobsters coming in.

"We obviously sell them for people to eat but this one was huge and I just thought 'hang on a minute' he's too big to eat.

"He's either got to be released or go somewhere where he can go out and live his life."

At 4.6 kilos she said the team had never seen a lobster that came close to the size of this one and at £40 retail price per kilo, this one was worth an impressive £180.

Jacquie added: "When you compare him to the size of the other lobsters we get, which tend to average under a kilo, I saw him in the tank and thought we have to do something more with him."

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The owner of the shop then agreed that the lobster should be re-homed to live out his days or be released and it was then that Mevagissey Aquarium, near St Austell, Cornwall, agreed to take it in.

In an unusual twist, the harbour-front aquarium had not long celebrated its 50th anniversary before discovering that the lobster is also believed to be 50 years old as well.

After taking the lobster to its new home, Jacquie said it was described as "the perfect specimen" due to its lack of barnacles and impressive weight.

Pengelly's Fishmongers is going to be running a competition to name the lobster which you can visit at Mevagissey Aquarium.

The person behind the winning name will receive a £25 voucher to spend in-store.

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