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Huge lobster finds home at centre

Darren Gook with the giant lobster
Senior aquarist Darren Gook with the giant lobster

A massive lobster has been deemed so valuable it has been given a new home at a sea life centre in Norfolk.

Fisherman Andrew Moore, 54, of Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, who hauled the lobster from the North Sea, said it was one of the biggest he had seen.

The lobster, which has been named Winkle and is said to be in the best possible condition, is now at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre.

The female crustacean measures 15.5ins (40cm) and weighs about 6lb 8oz (3kg).

"Andrew was actually quite pleased when the sea life centre agreed to take her," said Mandy Lloyd, 54, secretary and bookkeeper of the fisherman's boatyard.

Winkle may well be as old as Andrew
Mandy Lloyd

"And I think he even felt a bit honoured when we christened her Winkle, which has been Andrew's own nickname for as long as he can remember."

Displays supervisor Christine Pitcher agreed that Winkle was an impressive specimen.

"She's certainly the biggest lobster we've had at the centre for many years," she said.

"Lobsters can live to around 100 years old, and Winkle may well be as old as Andrew," she said.

The sea life centre is not only a tourist attraction but also provides educational displays for schoolchildren.



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