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  Lucky lobster released back into the sea
Updated 17 October 2001, 20.50
Barney the whopper lobster
A whopper lobster named Barney has been released back into the wild after a narrow escape from the cooking pot.

This colossal crustacean was discovered in a posh London restaurant last month. He was destined for someone's dinner plate until the chef took pity on him.

Barney and his massive pincers
The stats that saved him are pretty impressive too. He's a massive 98cm long and is thought to be more than 60 years old.

For the past month, Barney has been living at the London Aquarium. On Wednesday he made a four hour trip to Plymouth to be released into the sea.

Having escaped the saucepan, this clapped out crustacean will now be hoping to avoid future fishing nets at all costs.

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