Interesting Lobsters

Posted on July 9, 2007  Comments (1)

Is there a 400 pound lobster out there?

Lobsters sometimes bury their food and eat it over several days. They use teeth located in their stomachs, eat their molted shells (full of calcium) and can shed appendages if attacked, wounded or surprised, only to regenerate them later. Finally, lobsters live in a hierarchy and it’s the females who do the courting.

But there’s one lobster fact that trumps them all: lobsters show no apparent signs of aging. They don’t slow down or become weaker or more susceptible to disease. They don’t get infertile — older lobsters are actually more fertile than younger ones. Most lobsters seem to die because of something inflicted upon them and not because a body part failed or broke down. They’re such hardy creatures that scientists aren’t even sure how old lobsters can get. Add in that lobsters grow throughout their lives, and one has to ask: Is possible that a lobster born before Napoleon and as heavy as an NFL lineman is chowing down on the seafloor?

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One Response to “Interesting Lobsters”

  1. Curious Cat Science Blog » How Cells Age
    December 2nd, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    “Scientists have long known that aging causes gene expression to change, and DNA damage to accumulate…”

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