Lobster Facts: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The Lobster is a delicacy in many cultures, and it is also a pretty strange looking creature. It’s got some strange behavior, too, so we’re here to fill you in. Enjoy reading the first half of the list.

Number Fifteen: They Never Stop Growing. This is the theory, anyway. Most are now caught before they have the chance to get to a very old age, and the larger the lobster, the more likely it is to be caught. But some research suggests that a lobster won’t stop growing until it dies.

Number Fourteen: They Live for a Very Long Time. That is until we catch ’em. But if left undisturbed in the wild, lobsters can live up to 100 years.

Number Thirteen: They are Cannibals. Yup. Lobsters will eat each other. Apparently it does not take much for this to happen, either. All it takes is a little lobster hunger. This also makes it inconvenient to try and raise them in lobster farms, so most lobsters much be caught in the wild.

Number Twelve: Female Lobster are the Ones Who Initiate Mating. Although there isn’t very much work involved. Whenever female lobsters are ready, they shed their shell, release a pheromone, and the male lobsters pick up on the scent. Sometimes the male lobster will eat the vulnerable, de-shelled female. But usually not.

Number Eleven: They Don’t Have Tongues, But They’re Able to Taste. How do they do it, then? With their legs, of course. They have little hairs on their feet and legs that allow them to taste, which is kind of repulsive.

Number Ten: They Chew with Their Stomachs. Lobsters don’t have time for teeth. They down their food immediately, and then their stomach-teeth do all the hard work.

Number Nine: They Don’t Scream When Cooked. If you have ever dropped one into boiling water, you’re familiar with the unpleasant sound they emit. But if you thought you were hearing crustacean cries, you’d be incorrect. It’s actually the sound of trapped air being released. On that note, we’re going to end this lobster list here. But don’t fret – part two will be here soon.

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