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Lobster Facts

A Roundup Of Articles About Lobsters


Lobsters are a delicacy, but are also an interesting animal in the wild. Learn about lobsters and gain answers to some frequently asked questions about this crustacean.

9 Facts About Lobsters

Sweden, Bohuslan, Orust, Mid adult man holding lobster
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Here are some basic facts about lobsters, including the types of lobsters, what they eat, how big they can get and how they are colored.

American Lobster (Homarus americanus)

American Lobster On a Lobster Trap / NOAA
NOAA / http://www.photolib.noaa.gov
If you like seafood, chances are you've had an American lobster, also known as a Maine lobster. While you may be familiar with cooking them, you may not know about the habits of lobsters in the wild, such as their ability to be aggressive in defending their territory, but tender when courting a mate.

How To Tell Male and Female Lobsters Apart

American Lobsters With and Without Eggs / NOAA NEFSC
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/
Do you know how to sex a lobster? There is a telltale clue under the lobster's tail. Click here to learn how to tell male and female lobsters apart.

Why Do Lobsters Turn Red When Cooked?

I aim to answer all your marine life questions here, and this is an interesting one, with an answer that is simpler than you might think. Learn why lobsters are a greenish brown in the wild but end up bright red on your plate.

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