Friday, October 9, 2009

Lionel the Bomb Loving Lobster Is Dead

A lobster's bomb is his castle.

Divers recently happened upon a 600 lb. German mine dropped into the harbor off Swanage during World War II. The mine had been undisturbed since then except for Lionel the Lobster, who found the parachute hole in the mine to be the perfect home.

In spite of coaxing by Royal Navy divers, the territorial lobster refused to leave his home, not unlike Harry Truman (not Harry S Truman, the president, I mean Harry R. Truman who was buried alive in the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980).

A spokesman for the Portland coast guard said of the detonation:

It sent up a huge jet of water - it did look very dramatic. We received three 999 calls from people worried about it. Unfortunately, the bomb disposal unit have a job to do and it wasn't possible to save Lionel.

Those of you interested in memorializing Lionel can join his Facebook group.

Metro (photo)
Mail Online (photo)
Seattle PI

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