French farmers discover giant oyster that’s 50 times average weight of average

A French farmer has discovered this ‘extremely rare’ huge oyster which is 10 inches long and weighs a whopping 3.2 lbs.

Mathieu Naslin, an employee of the Viviers de la Guittiere oyster supplier, stumbled upon the live mega mollusc when working on the oyster reef in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, western France.

The oyster tipped the scales at a whopping 3.2lbs, 50 times the weight on an average oyster.

The seafood measured almost 10 inches, whereas the smallest oysters measures around three inches in length.

A French farmer has discovered this 'extremely rare' huge oyster which measures 10 inches in length and weighs a whopping 3.2 lbs. Mathieu Naslin, an employee of the Viviers de la Guittiere oyster supplier, stumbled upon the live megamollusc when working on the oyster reef in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, western France

A French farmer has discovered this ‘extremely rare’ huge oyster which measures 10 inches in length and weighs a whopping 3.2 lbs. Mathieu Naslin, an employee of the Viviers de la Guittiere oyster supplier, stumbled upon the live megamollusc when working on the oyster reef in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, western France

Naslin told a local press agency it was ‘extremely rare’, adding he had never seen anything like it in his eight years in the job.

He and the rest of the team named the oyster ‘Georgette’ after a recently retired popular colleague.

They estimated Georgette was  between 13 and 15 years old. 

The lifespan of an average oyster in captivity is up to 20 years, though Naslin suggests they can live up to 65.

Although, Georgette is edible and the farm’s boss, Francois Dewalles, joked that he would not let it go for less than 2,000 euros (£1,849).

Naslin and co-workers measured its weight at a whopping 3.2 lbs, whereas typical oysters range from one to three ozs. And the oyster measured almost 10 inches, whereas the smallest oysters measures around three inches in length

Naslin and co-workers measured its weight at a whopping 3.2 lbs, whereas typical oysters range from one to three ozs. And the oyster measured almost 10 inches, whereas the smallest oysters measures around three inches in length

Naslin, who, with his team, placed Georgette on display in a tank, said: ‘But we would not sell it, even for 30,000 euros.’

People were impressed with the oyster after photos were posted online.

One joked: ‘Fukushima?’ 

Whereas some commented on its perceived resemblance to a groundhog.

The team will returned the oyster to the sea yesterday. 

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