Five Amazing Lobster Facts

Five Amazing Lobster Facts

If you are a fan of seafood (and who isn’t?), then you undoubtedly have come across lobster at some point. While not everyone likes seafood, and while not every fan of seafood enjoys lobster, plenty of people across the world adore the savory taste of a freshly-grilled lobster. But the fascination is not just with lobsters as food; it also involves the creature itself. As you will find with these five amazing lobster facts below, lobsters are fascinating creatures that inhabit the depths of the ocean and appear on our dinner plate. The five amazing lobster facts I will share with you in this article may very well give you a newfound appreciation for this intriguing crustacean.

Five Amazing Lobster Facts #1: Lobster Locomotion

We picture any creature that lives in the ocean as like a fish – swimming happily and merrily through the water. A lobster does not swim, though. It instead crawls on the surface of the ocean at a slow pace. And when it is frightened, it escapes by swimming backwards at speeds of around 11 mph. That is a fast lobster!

Five Amazing Lobster Facts #2: Claws or No Claws?

Contrary to popular belief, not all lobsters have claws. Sure, the most popular image of a lobster is a mean-looking thing with large, snapping claws, but some species lack them. These lobsters are commonly known as spiny lobsters, and have spiny shells with no claws. These lobsters, also known as rock lobsters, are grown in warm-water areas like the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and are also quite tasty.

Five Amazing Lobster Facts #3: Lobster Limbs

Did you know that lobsters can regrow their limbs? This is true. Like starfish, if a lobster loses a limb – be it a claw or a leg – it can actually regrow the missing limb, as good as new. It can even escape from a predator by losing a limb, only to regenerate it later. The antennae is another body part that can be regrown if needed by the lobster, with no apparent difficulty or pain involved.

Five Amazing Lobster Facts #4: Lobsters Have Hands…Kind Of

You as a human more than likely have a dominant hand. You are either right-handed or left-handed (or possibly ambidextrous). Lobsters have handedness too. The larger claw of the two, called the crusher claw, can be either on the right side of the body or the left side of the body, depending on the lobster.

Five Amazing Lobster Facts #5: A Big Lobster Meal

Of all the types of lobster in the world, the largest is the American lobster, commonly known as the Maine lobster because Maine is the lobster capital of North America. Most lobsters that you eat  average a weight of one to three pounds, but the largest lobster ever caught weighed over 40 pounds and was over three feet long! That is a massive lobster. Think of its sheer size the next time you have a lobster on your plate, and imagine how it would be to have to eat one of those. Just make sure you bring lots of butter!

The five amazing lobster facts above hopefully whet your appetite and made you crave lobster of your own. I know I’m craving lobster right now. What are you waiting for? Plan for a lobster dinner today and satisfy your cravings!

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