- A female lobster mates mostly when she is in the soft-shell state right after she has shed her shell.
- By law, a female carrying eggs must be thrown back if it is caught.
- These crustaceans are cannibalistic.
Welcome to the Lobster Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most popular crustaceans in the sea! These invertebrates are known for their large claws and their ability to swim forward and backward. They are sometimes referred to as sea bugs because their nervous system resembles that of a grasshopper.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Lobsters if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you want to learn more about this cannibalistic crustacean!
Types Of Lobster
This crustacean belongs to the family Nephropidae of which there are over 75 species. They also come in a variety of colors. While the most common color is a mottled brown color, they can also be found in bright blue, calico, orange, white, yellow, and split, where there is one color on each side. The rarest of all is the albino, found 1 in one million, and the calico, found 1 in 30-50 million, which was caught by a fisherman in Maine. Here are some of the different species:
- Maine Lobster
- Canadian Lobster
- European Lobster
- Langoustine, also known as Norway Lobster
- Florida Spiny Lobster
This crustacean is now considered a delicacy but there was a time when it was thought to be a food to be thrown away. When the first European settlers reached North America, lobster was so plentiful and unsightly that not only were they considered cockroaches of the sea but they were commonly used as fertilizer and fish bait by both Native Americans and colonists. They were even fed to prisoners to save money. Here are more interesting facts about this once-lowly food:
- In Maine, a lobster’s body must be at least 3 1/4 inches to keep, and can’t be over 5 inches.
- Spiny Caribbean lobsters have no claws and are sold mainly for their tails.
- They were originally gathered by hand. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that trapping became popular.
- According to science, they keep growing forever.