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Helga, the blue lobster, receives police escort

Rebecca Martin · 4 Nov 2011, 15:11

Published: 04 Nov 2011 15:11 GMT+01:00

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”The police called us on Thursday morning saying 'Hello, this is the police. We're bringing you your blue lobster',” Maria Jämting, CEO of the Havets Hus aquarium in Lysekil, told The Local.

Jämting received the call after fisherman Reine Andreasson from Strömstad, on the west coast of Sweden, had pulled up a blue lobster a few days ago.

As he hoisted up the catch, he remembered a promise he had made to an employee at the sea life centre, a year or so back.

Andreasson had vowed to donate the next fine-looking blue lobster he found to the centre in Lysekil, some 95 kilometres to the south.

And on Wednesday, he found the perfect specimen.

The question was how to transport the lobster, whom he had named Helga, to the centre.

Luckily for both Andreasson and Helga, the sea unit of the west coast police was in the area, carrying out inspections on nearby boats.

Andreasson approached the officers, asking if it would be possible for them to escort Helga to her new abode, and as the police were heading south on their way back to Gothenburg where they are usually stationed - they were more than happy to help.

”Of course we could lend a hand,” sea police officer Ove Magnusson told local paper Bohusläningen on Thursday.

Helga, who is reportedly vibrantly blue and measuring almost 30 centimetres, travelled in style with the police, resting in a cardboard box during the journey south.

Blue lobsters are quite rare, only one in about 3,000 of lobsters are coloured blue.

At Havets Hus they have had blue lobsters in the past but not for a while, so Helga was a welcome addition to the centre's attractions.

Generally, the creatures at the centre are not given names, but those that have already been named get to keep them.

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”We wouldn't rename Helga, she will definitely keep her name,” promised Jämting.

According to Jämting, Helga has already settled in and seems to be having a whale of a time.

”She is residing with two strapping male lobsters and seems really to be enjoying her new home,” Jämting told The Local.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:17 November 4, 2011 by Abe L
The first 'positive' news I read about Swedish police and it involves transporting an animal. Just can't wait what's next.
17:19 November 4, 2011 by Gabin
miam miam.-.
17:21 November 4, 2011 by Online Personality
What's the name of the squirrel who has a hit out on him?
17:33 November 4, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
She is residing with two strapping male lobsters and seems to be having a whale of a time. And the other day it was swedish Alk invlovled in a 3kant, whats wrong with swedish wildlife.
19:08 November 4, 2011 by Observant
Sweden MUST be changiong for the better. Swedish Police helping a fellow human being without a question. WOW!! But afterall they are "specialist" police being on Sea Patrol.

Nevertheless The Polie should be available to help all teh public that they are paid to serve - What a Swedish joke!!

However well done Ove Magnusson it appears that at least YOU are worthy of youy Government salary
04:23 November 5, 2011 by swenrika
cute.... cute.... cute :)
08:40 November 5, 2011 by Soft Boiled
If the police had refused to help they would have been shellfish b*stards
12:35 November 5, 2011 by EP
Ah another fine use of my tax money
12:49 November 5, 2011 by Nora
Of course it's a fine use of "our" tax money.

Definitely better than devoting public swimming hall to "women only" hours for women who cannot swim together with men due to religious belief.
20:10 November 5, 2011 by sergisr
Wow! t's Pinchy, Homer Simpson's lobster! :-)
08:13 November 6, 2011 by bolababu
hahahahahaha! -not at the story but at the idiot named Nora #9, he/she still manages to blame such a dull story on immigrants. This phobia in sweden is actually worse than one would think. @Nora, you really do need to get a life hahahahahaha!
10:05 November 7, 2011 by John.Smith
Yum Yum.....
10:16 November 11, 2011 by salalah
This policeman can now be categorized as "Snuskhummer"
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