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American lobster

American lobster


LatinHomarus americanus
Size64 cm
FoodLarge crustaceans and benthic animals
HabitatReef down to 50 m depth

Least concern

LocationWestern Atlantic

Claws to catch and crush

The American lobster's two claws are very different. The largest one is the crusher. The American lobster uses it as a nutcracker tool to crush bivalves, crabs and other lobsters. The smaller claw is the cutter. Using the smaller claw, the American lobster cuts its prey in pieces and catches fish that wriggle.

Eternal youth

The American lobster can live to be over 100 years old. It grows throughout its life and does not become weaker with age. Some people think that the American lobster cannot die of old age. American lobsters can become enormous in size. The record is 64 centimetres and 20 kg.

From bottom to table

When you cook an American lobster, its colour changes to red. It is difficult to kill a lobster, so they are often boiled alive. It was long thought that a lobster could not feel pain. But new research shows that it can.