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Fishermen land giant lobster
Skipper David Gibson with Larry the lobster
Larry is between 20 and 30 years old
One of the biggest wild lobsters ever caught in British waters has been landed off the south coast.

The lobster, named Larry, was caught in seas off Dorset.

The three-feet-long (0.91-metre) crustacean, thought to be between 20 and 30 years old, weighs 15lbs (6.80 kilos) and has claws measuring 11 inches (0.28 metres).

Luckily for Larry his age and size makes him too tough to be eaten, so he has been taken to an aquarium in Weymouth.

He will soon be transported permanently to Birmingham's Sea Life Centre - the only place with a tank large enough to keep him.

David Gibson, skipper of the fishing boat that caught the giant, said he had never seen anything like it before.

He said: "As it came through the water for the first time we thought it was a tree trunk.

"But then when the claw came through the surface and we realised it was a lobster, we really struggled to get it into the landing net".

Larry is by no means the largest lobster ever caught - that accolade went to "Big George" in 1974, who weighed in at a staggering 37lbs (16.78 kilos) after being caught off Cape Cod in the United States.



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