The immortal lobster?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Molly Meserve

When we think about our age, it is generally easy to figure out how old humans are. Count the number of candles on the cake or check your birth certifcate, done. 

It is not as easy for animals like lobsters. Lobsters grow until they die and they do this by molting (shedding their hard exoskeleton). The average lobster can molt 44 times before it is a year old! So, once they molt and all their hard parts are shed, it makes it difficult to tell how old that lobster is.

Take a look at this crusty lobster...wonder how long it has been around?



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