Lobster adaptations include the ability to shed their exoskeleton, compound eyes, dark coloring, claws designed for different tasks and a heightened sense of smell and taste. The lobster's ability to shed its outer skin through a process called molting allows the animal to regenerate lost limbs.Know More
It usually takes several molts for the limb to fully regenerate, but the ability to lose and regrow an appendage is a valuable adaptation designed to help the lobster escape predators. The lobster's compound eyes are adapted for low light environments. This is ideal since lobsters inhabit deep water where little light is present and normally hunt at night. The compound eyes are uniquely designed to detect movement. The lobsters heightened sense of smell and taste also allow it to flourish in low visibility environments.
The lobster's antennae are covered in tiny hairs that pick up chemicals from potential predators or prey, and relay them back to the lobster so that the animal can literally "smell" its surroundings. These hairs are so sensitive that the lobsters can discern between the various species of mussels that it hunts.
Lobsters also have developed a pair of claws that are distinct to one another. One claw is large with tiny teeth on it that the lobster uses to grab, hold and crush its prey. The other claw is smaller with serrated edges that is used to cut.Learn more about Marine Life
Lobster buoys are colorful floats that are attached to lobster traps. Traps are submerged, so the buoys mark their location above water and allow lobster fishers to retrieve them easily.Full Answer >
The biggest recorded lobster ever caught weighed 44 pounds, 6 ounces and was caught in 1977. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it was taken from the waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, and it measured 3 feet 5 inches from the tip of its largest claw to the end of its tail fan.Full Answer >
The difference between rock lobster and Maine lobster is primarily that rock lobsters (also known as spiny lobsters) only have meat within their tails while Maine lobsters (also known as North American lobsters or "true lobsters") have meat in their huge claws as well as their tails. Most lobster enthusiasts prefer to capture and eat Maine lobster due to the additional meat available.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the exact lifespan of a lobster is unknown, but scientists have estimated that a European lobster's lifespan averages 31 years for males and 54 years for females. Scientists obtained these estimates by measuring fat deposits in the creatures' eyestalks.Full Answer >