Lobster Facts!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Ciera Akins

Lobster Facts!

  • Lobsters are nocturnal.

  • A 1 pound female can lay 8,000 eggs, a 9 pound female can lay 100,000 eggs.

  • Eggs are carried inside for 9-12 months and then externally, under the tail, for another 9-12 months.

  • It is difficult to determine the age of a lobster, but the lifespan of a lobster in the wild is about 50 years, the oldest have reached 100 or so.

  • Lobsters can be found everywhere except polar waters.

  • To grow, lobsters molt, which means they shed their old shell. They will molt up to 25 times in their first 5-7 years of life. After that they will only molt about once a year or two.

  • Females typically only mate when they are in their soft-shell state.

  • The spiny lobster, which live in tropical waters,don’t have large front claws like the American lobster we are familiar with in Maine.

  • The teeth of a lobster are in its’ stomach.

  • Lobster blood is greyish or clear.

  • A misperception of lobsters is that they are scavengers. They do eat dead things, but they will opportunistically eat live fish, crabs, clams, mussels, and sea urchins as well. Lobsters can also be cannibalistic and sometimes eat other lobsters.

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