“The creature is simply too big to prepare for the table in my kitchen!”

Sea Life Blankenberge is welcoming a very special new resident: Wesley, a 90-year-old Canadian lobster, donated by a local restaurant owner.

Wesley weighs 9 kilos and was recently caught in Canada.  The poor creature was bound for the table when Piet Devriendt of restaurant De Oesterput in Blankenberge intervened and donated the crustacean to Sea Life.

The lobster was caught off Nova Scotia and is of a size hardly ever seen in Belgium.  Wesley was named after the former Club Brugge football player Wesley Sonck.

Piet Devriendt says that Wesley would have lived at our place for a couple of months, but at Sea Life conditions are far better for his survival: "I hope he lives a further ninety years.  The creature is simply too big to prepare for the table in my kitchen! You would need 13 diners!"

At Sea Life they are pleased with their new mascot.  Animal carer Victor Vienne: "It's exceptional when an animal like this is caught and even more so when it reaches Belgium."