Lobster exploded with WWII bomb
Posted 14 October 2009 - 04:14 PM
The mine had been on the seabed for 60 years
The crustacean had made his home in the 600lb mine that had lain dormant on the seabed for 60 years. When divers stumbled across the bomb and alerted the coastguard, the clock was ticking for Lionel.
Navy divers who inspected the bomb tried to coax the critter out, but Lionel was unwilling to move and delivered a nasty nip to one diver's finger. The Royal Navy bomb disposal unit had no choice but to leave the lobster where he was and set charges to the mine.
They set up a cordon 1,000m around the bomb and blew it up. The explosion sent a plume of water 50ft into the air and shook Swanage - the coastguard said it received three 999 calls.
A coastguard spokesman said: 'It seems the lobster made his home inside the mine, in the hole where the parachute would have come out. We don't know how long he was living in it but we named him Lionel as soon as we realised he was there."
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Posted 16 October 2009 - 06:52 PM
Amazing the thing lasted in the water for all this time! Unfortunate it took a "victim" after all, I wonder what PETA will say....
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