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Find some paper and something to write with fellow Tail Grabbers because today we are going to delve deeper than you may be used to diving! While we are in the midst of lobster season, it’s time to take a minute to put down our nets to learn a little more about our beloved prey. How else does one become a better predator without a little knowledge before the hunt? Let’s count down a few facts on our specimen of interest.
- Lobsters are solitary creatures until they reach adolescence. It is then that they are drawn to their own kind.
- Turn off the lights! Lobsters stay in their dens while it is still daylight out to avoid predators and only come out for food a few hours a night.
- A spiny lobster is generally about two years old before it is large enough to be legally harvested. This allows for the carapace to be at least three inches.
- Your off season is their on season! Lobsters spawn from March through August, the off season for lobster hunting.
- All for one, and one for all! Although lobsters prefer to remain near their dens, they have been known to gather into groups of hundred to line up and cross the ocean floor off Florida and the Bahamas. This migration doesn’t have a proven purpose, but it is suspected to occur in reaction to incoming storms.
- Spiny lobsters have two large antennae used to fight off predators. They also have two smaller antennules that are used to sense movement and chemicals in the water.
- Female lobsters carry their eggs under their tail. These eggs are bright orange in color.
- Once hatches, larvae can travel thousands of miles before they settle into one location.
- As spiny lobsters increase in size, they molt their exoskeleton. This process leaves them vulnerable for roughly two days until a newer exoskeleton forms to protect it.
- As they mature, spiny lobsters migrate from the inshore nursery habitats to offshore reefs.