Common Lobster

These magnificent animals have ten legs and a hard exoskeleton (outer skeleton, rather than our internal one) which groups them in with other decapods (ten-legged animals) such as crawfish, prawns and crabs.

Lobsters are a striking deep blue in colour, with bright red ‘whip-like’ structures (antennules) sprouting from the head. These antennules are used by the lobster to ‘feel’ its way around the environment, especially at night. One of the claws is distinctively larger than the other, especially in the older adults. Common Lobsters like to have a deep, dark crevice in which they hide when not foraging for food. Unfortunately they are no longer as common as the name suggests, mostly due to over-fishing.

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