Tasmania: 'Giant' lobster lives up to name

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Posted by on March 11, 2006 at 19:29:51:

A giant freshwater lobster measuring almost one metre in length has been found in north-west Tasmania.

The species is listed as endangered and is only found in streams and lakes in northern and north-western Tasmania

Giant freshwater lobster researcher Todd Walsh found the animal in an undisclosed location.

Mr Walsh says the male is probably about 35-years-old.

"I have caught the biggest lobster I have caught in 20 years," he said.

"I've only got little hands but it's very hard to pick him up with one hand, put it that way.

"His claws are about 25 centimetres long. He's probably about 90 centimetres stretched out so he's almost a metre mythical lobster.

"He's not far off being one of the biggest ones you'll ever see."

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