In recent weeks fishermen have donated two unusual lobsters to Galway Atlantaquaria. ‘Dessie’ is an exceptionally large lobster from Portrush, Co. Antrim. Weighing in at over 10lbs he is thought to be one of the largest on display in Ireland.
Yellow lobster caught by Peter Lacey
He was caught by Michael Hassan, who was shocked at the size of the lobster. Lobsters are notoriously difficult to age but given his immense size Dessie has probably been on the go for more than 50 years, maybe as long as 70. Large lobsters like him are rare finds as it takes great luck for lobsters to evade the fishing pots for so long.
The other new lobster at the aquarium is much smaller than Dessie but is an unusual yellow colour. Most lobsters are a dark blue or navy colour that helps them blend in with their surroundings but this yellow variation occurs once in every thirty million lobsters. This yellow lobster was caught by Peter Lacey off Clifden.
Both these lobsters have settled happily into the exhibits at Galway Atlantaquaria, where they add to the size and variety of the unusual lobsters on display. These include sky blue and orange lobsters as well as ‘Mattie’, a lobster with two crushing claws.
Representatives of Galway Atlantaquaria, which specialises in the display of native fish and aquatic animals, say they are delighted to have such a range of lobsters as they are such a widely known and instantly recognisable animal.