Lobster begins new life at Blue Reef after escaping from the pot

McQueen the lobster with Blue Reef Aquarium's Olivia Orchart
McQueen the lobster with Blue Reef Aquarium's Olivia Orchart

A LUCKY lobster has been plucked to safety by a kind-hearted restaurant-goer who could not bear the idea of it ending up in the pot.

The lobster was spotted by a member of the public in a tank at a West Sussex restaurant.

However rather than ordering it from the menu, Anna-Marie Colombotti, who is a vegetarian, took pity on it and took the live crustacean home with her before donating it to Blue Reef Aquarium.

McQueen, as the lobster has been named by staff due to his great escape, is now recuperating in the aquarium’s quarantine area before embarking on a new life in the safety of one of the attraction’s native rock pool displays.

Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “It’s the first time we have had someone donate a lobster that they bought in a restaurant but they clearly felt very strongly about it and we were more than happy to accept it as a donation.

“Hopefully McQueen will now be able to enjoy a long and well-earned retirement here at the aquarium where he will be fed and looked after and kept well away from the pot.”

All lobsters are born with a cutting and a crushing claw. There is a 50:50 chance of developing a right- or left-crusher depending upon which claw is used more frequently.

The lobster’s prey consists of crabs, which are grabbed by the legs using the cutter claw while the crusher claw breaks open the carapace.

Lobsters are among the planet’s oldest inhabitants with fossil remains found dating back more than 100 million years. A lobster’s claws grow much faster than the rest of its body. In one giant specimen the claws were twice the weight of the rest of the animal.

As with most members of the crustacean family, lobsters are also able to re-grow lost limbs and even regenerate missing eyes.