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It’s a wonder that you ever have a lobster dinner, because 99% of all lobsters die within a few weeks of hatching. The odds are 10,000-to-1 against a larval lobster living long enough to be eaten by humans. For that matter, it is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 animals born in the sea survives to maturity.
The largest lobster on record was more than three feet long and weighed 44 pounds, caught off Nova Scotia, Canada in 1977. It was sold to a New York restaurant owner.
Lobsters can live for more than 60 years.
Lobsters begin life as eggs no bigger than the head of a pin.
Lobsters are so slow-growing that in their second year they are still smaller than a jumbo shrimp.
It takes about seven to eight years for a lobster to grow to just one pound.
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1 Eyelet that protects an opening in fabric
5 Rotate as a vessel when heading into heavy seas
8 Passing a rope through the eyelets of a sail
9 Lost velocity
11 Protective structure
extending from the shore
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13 Suffix with west or east 15 Depths of 6 feet
17 Tribute poem, of sorts
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20 Arctic sight, 2 words
22 Business complex offering
docking and shore facilities 26 Pro
28 Underwater vessel
29 Didn’t sink
31 Characterized by sudden bursts
of wind
32 __ touch
33 Fuel for ships
MaritiMe trivia
by bryan Henry
In lobster lingo, a chicken is a one- pound lobster. A hen is the term for a female lobster.
A lobster sheds its shell, called a carapace, six to eight times before its first birthday.
Due to a genetic defect, about one in 4-million lobsters are blue.
Lobster claws are known as chilipeds.
A cull is a lobster missing one or both claws.
Lobsters, like octopus and many other marine life species, can change their color at will as a disguise.
The lobster has no cerebral cortex, the area of the brain that gives the perception of pain.
The teeth of a lobster are in its stomach. They chew their food in the stomach between three grinding surfaces called the gastric mill.
Lobsters can regenerate legs, claws and antennae. In fact, they can amputate their own claws and legs (called autotomy) to escape danger.
The two eyes of a lobster each have 13,000 lenses and 13,000 individual nerve rods, if it loses an eye, it can regenerate another. Unlike the American lobster (Maine lobster), spiny lobsters enjoy each other’s company and share dens. They can also warn other lobsters of danger by rubbing their antennae across their shell, creating a sound reminiscent of the creaking doors in a haunted house.
Among some of the creatures that dine on lobsters are nurse sharks, groupers, rays, octopus, and triggerfish.
Lobsters consume more than 100
kinds of
animals and plants.
Nautical Crossword
2 Radio word for O
3 Take up a duty position
4 NFL score, abbr.
5 Operates a vessel
6 Appeared very large, like
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10 Fill with water over the side of the boat
12 Across a ship from side to side
14 Email subject line intro
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17 Manual boat mover
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19 Trash hauler
21 Military rank, abbr.
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“Wheel of Fortune” buy- 2 words
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