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Lobster found in UK waters 'heaviest caught since 1931'

JJ the common lobster Image copyright National Marine Aquarium
Image caption Lionel has been renamed JJ by the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth

A common lobster weighing in at 7.65kg is thought to be the heaviest caught by a diver in UK waters since 1931.

The animal was discovered off Lannacombe Beach in south Devon in August before being taken to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Initially named Lionel, the lobster has since been renamed JJ in honour of British boxing Rio Olympics silver medalist, Joe Joyce, the aquarium said.

Vets are monitoring the animal to check time out of water has not harmed it.

James Wright, the curator at the National Marine Aquarium where JJ was weighed, said he appeared to be the heaviest lobster caught in the UK since 1931, when one weighing just over 9kg was caught off Fowey in Cornwall.

Mr Wright said it was "very hard to age a lobster" because they frequently moult and their growth is affected by different factors.

However, he estimated JJ was between 50 and 70 years old.

"He has spent some time with our husbandry team here at the National Marine Aquarium who have been monitoring his progress very closely, and we're happy to report he has been feeding well and is on the road to recovery," Mr Wright said.

He added the lobster would join "other native marine species" at the aquarium when he had made a full recovery.

Image copyright National Marine Aquarium
Image caption JJ will join "other native marine species" at the aquarium when he has made a full recovery

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