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Baby lobsters settle in to their new home

A thousand baby lobsters have been placed on an artificial reef on the seabed off the coast of Dorset. It's part of a project to boost stocks and also create a diving attraction.

Four thousand lobsters are being added to the reef near Ringstead over the next four years. There are also plans to sink two warships for divers. Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Landlord saves lucky lobster

Lobster is given new lease of life after being given to the Aquarium Credit: Drew PR

A 30-year-old lobster has been saved from the cooking pot by a landlord after he had second thoughts about cooking the animal.

Mark, who runs the Dolphin Inn in Hastings, contacted aquarists at the nearby aquarium and donated Lionel the lobster to them instead.

Blue Reef Aquarium's Chris Ireland said: "Lionel was about to end up as the main course on a seafood menu when Mark took pity on him. Thanks to his last minute change of heart, Lionel can look forward to many more years of life, receiving a regular diet of fish and safe from danger."

Lobsters are among the planet's oldest inhabitants with fossil remains dating back more than 100 million years ago.


Vegetarian saves lobster from the pot

Blue Reef's Olivia Orchart with 'McQueen' Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

A lobster has been saved by a restaurant-goer who couldn’t bear the idea of it ending up in the pot. The 1kg lobster was in a tank at a West Sussex restaurant. However rather than ordering it from the menu, Anna-Marie Colombotti, a vegetarian, took McQueen home and contacted Blue Reef Aquarium.