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Haven for lobster with the blues
Bluey the lobster
Bluey the lobster was given a new home
An ageing lobster with a rare case of the blues, has been given sanctuary from a likely predator - a fisherman.

The animal - nicknamed Bluey - moulted and acquired a new brightly-coloured shell, which would have made him a target for North Sea predators.

But the lobster, thought to be about 40 years old, has been found a new home by Egon Robson, who caught him off the Teesside coast at Redcar.

After taking pity on Bluey, Mr Robson donated him to a Tynemouth aquarium.

The lobster, which measures more than 36cm (14ins) in length and weighs over 2kg (4.4lbs), was a prime candidate for the dinner plate.

But Mr Robson was so surprised at his catch that he donated him to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth.

'Lucky to survive'

Zahra d'Aronville, from Blue Reef, said: "Bluey is quite an unusual lobster. Scientists say that only one in every three to five million is this colour.

"He has been very lucky to survive because being so blue he is quite easy to spot by predators.

"Lobsters this colour usually get eaten when they are much younger and smaller so it is very unusual to see a lobster of this colour so big."

Ms d'Aronville said Bluey's shell was very new, so it was likely he had recently moulted.

"He was caught by a fisherman off Redcar, who was really shocked to see a lobster of this colour," she said.

"Bluey really has had quite a lucky escape."


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