Friday, 8 March 2013

Bizarre and Unexplored Facts about Lobsters

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You don’t always have to visit Maine to buy authentic Maine lobsters; because nowadays they are being shipped and delivered to different places. Yes, the lobster sellers are delivering them right at the doorstep of customers. These amazing crustaceans have been in existence since ages. 

Initially the world saw its first trap fishery in the year 1850. Maine was the first place to home a trap fishery where lobster harvesting had first started. Dwelling in the deep seas and on the oceans floors, the lobsters are the largest of the crustaceans. Their long body comprises a healthy pair of claws and a muscular tail. These sea-creatures generally thrive inside crevices and burrows. Nocturnal by nature, the lobster is commercially sold as the following: 

Homarus: lobsters hailing from the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean 

Scampi: lobsters dwelling in the northern hemisphere

The clawed lobsters differ from the spiny lobsters that lack claws. Belonging to an arthropod background lobsters must essentially moult at regular intervals. While the moulting process is in progress lobsters generally tend to change colors. These sea-bound creatures have blood that bears a slight bluish hue due to the presence of a chemical called haemocyanin. 

Now, here are some interesting facts about a lobster that will make you even more curious:
  •  Lobsters smell food with the help of small antennae located just in front of their roundish head. They also use their tiny hair like sensors to detect food and threat.
  • Lobster blood generally reveals a slight bluish tinge; however, when exposed to air they turn pinkish.
  • Lobsters have their teeth inside their stomach
  • A full grown female crustacean lays around 8000-12000 eggs. Sadly only a 1/10th portion of the eggs survive
  • The lobster buries its food at the ocean floor and remains quite alert while defending the same
  • Generally a lobster takes 4-7 years to grow into normal size
  •  A baby lobster is just about the size of a mosquito as it leaves its mother’s body
  • When the lobster grows it generally sheds its crust. The first year sees the lobster shedding its shell for about 24 times
  •  At seven years of age, the lobster generally weighs around 1lb
  • The impregnation period may span from 18-24 months
  • The largest lobster in the world weighs around 24lb or more and is said to be around 100 years old.
After reading these facts the one word you must be willing to utter is “wow”.

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