A fearless lobster nicknames Hellboy is taking on all divers at a popular site off Devon's Plymouth Sound'. The curious crustacean rather than hiding from divers has decided attack is the best defence and advances on any diver that heads his way.

Local diver George Aitman captured Hellboy on video. He said: 'He's not the biggest lobster I've come across but he's definitely the bravest. Most will back off when they see something much larger than themselves and adopt a defensive strategy but he just keeps coming at you.'

Equipped with a pair of formidable claws capable of exerting a pressure of up to 100lbs per square inch, this determined specimen is particularly well-endowed and easily identified by a circular hole on his smaller claw.

'One of his claws is around ten inches long and it's substantially larger than the other – just like Hellboy's oversized stone hand in the movie,' explained George.

'Once we bumped into him sitting among the kelp tucking into a large ballen wrasse as if it was a sandwich and he didn't flinch when we went in for a closer look.'

He estimates Hellboy to be around 25 years of age, but worries that he's dicing with death and may soon be plucked from his ocean home for the dinner plate.

'There are a few of us who know exactly where to find him and we're keeping it that way, but we do check up on him from time to time. Although he's safe around us and we try to look after his wellbeing there are plenty of others who would be just as happy to see him in the pot!'



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