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Lobster Fun Facts

Lobster

Lobsters can live to be 100 years old or older, if fishermen leave them alone.

There are records of full-grown lobsters measuring three feet and weighing over 40 pounds.

Out of 1,000 lobster eggs, only one live to grow and mature—that is a 0.1% chance!

Lobsters have poor eyesight.

As lobsters grow, they molt (shell-shed) several times to form a new shell fitting the growing body size. Each molting process takes 2-4 weeks.

Lobsters cannot live in fresh water.

Cooked lobster

Color

Lobsters come with different colors; all turn red when cooked because all color dyes get destroyed while cooking except the red dye.

Lobsters (as well as snails and spiders) have blue blood. The color comes from the copper found in the blue haemocyanin molecule in their blood.

Mating

To mate, the female chooses the male in his den, usually after checking out many male dens. The male usually accepts and let the female in. She molts (sheds off her hard shell, becoming powerless) and stays in the male’s den and under his protection for about a week. Within a week, mating is over and her new shell has grown.

History

During colonial days, lobsters were plentiful and were the food for the poor. There are records from the 1800s of servants requesting not to eat lobsters more than 3 times a week.

Odd Organ Location

A lobster’s brain is in its throat

A lobster breathes and listens with its legs

A lobster tastes with its feet.