Blue Lobster Facts

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A blue lobster is the same species as the familiar red lobsters. They have a genetic abnormality that causes too much protein, which makes their shell turn blue. Because they are rare and easily seen by predators, they do not survive long and are considered rare. When a blue lobster is caught, it is not used for food, but is sent to an aquarium or zoo. Lobsters are crustaceans with 10 legs and are found in oceans.

Lobster History

Lobster is an expensive delicacy in today's world, but during colonial times it was plentiful and was served mainly to prisoners and servants. It was thought to be a tasteless, undesirable food and was served so much to those who had no choice that it eventually was made law that it was only to be served three times a week. Native Americans commonly used lobster to fertilize crops and as bait to catch more desirable fish.

The Lobster Body

Lobsters are said to continue growing their entire lives, but larger lobsters are not generally seen. This is because lobster traps are too small for them to enter. Occasionally, lobsters weighing 20 to 30 pounds are caught when a claw is caught in a net or trap. When a lobster loses a claw or leg, it will regrow the part, which will take several years to reach the original size.

Lobsters search for food using their antennae and tiny hairs on the feet and legs. Lobsters eats the food with a gastric mill on the stomach, which is located behind his eyes.

Lobster claws are extremely strong. They have two different claws, one known as a crusher claw and another known as a ripper claw. The crusher claw is capable of exerting up to 100 pounds of pressure.

Lobster Breeding

Female lobsters are only able to mate after molting, when their new shell is still soft. The female holds the male's sperm until she is ready to produce her eggs, usually six to nine months. The eggs take an additional six to nine months to hatch. A female lobster is capable of producing 8,000 to 12,000 eggs at a time but a large percentage of the eggs do not live long. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only two lobsters survive to adulthood out of 50,000 eggs.

Lobster Diet

Lobsters are omnivores, therefore they will eat both plant life and smaller animals. The majority of their diet is made up of bottom-dwelling creatures such as snails, clams and crabs. They also will eat other smaller lobsters if given the opportunity.

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