Giant lobster

Giant lobster

This 27-pound lobster was found many years ago by a U.S. Navy diver in sixty feet of water just off the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. It measures 38” in length. The record, however, for the largest documented lobster belongs to a 44 pound giant caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1977. Rule of thumb says that a lobster’s age is approximately his weight multiplied by 4, plus 3 years. So this specimen might have been 112 years old when he was caught! Interestingly, experts tell us that lobsters never show any discernible signs of aging. They don’t lose appetite, sex drive, metabolism levels, or energy.

Location: W1, Natural History Gallery 1, hallway

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