6 incredible facts that will make you look at the lobster in a different way
Under the hard shell hides a gentle and sensitive creature. You will be surprised, but we have a lot in common with this ocean resident! Discover the incredible scientific facts about lobsters and find out why we should protect them.
1. Lobsters - sensitive creatures
Despite their knightly appearance, lobsters are actually very tender and vulnerable creatures. Although they do not see and hear very well, they have excellent sense of touch thanks to the hundreds of thousands of tiny hairs that stick out between the armor plates. Lobsters are very sensitive to temperature changes. A one degree temperature shift is already causing them to migrate to distances of up to 160 km each year to find the ideal spawning site for fragile calves. Of course, this fact increases the risk of being in a boiling pot.
2. Lobsters "hold hands"
In cartoons, lobsters can only claw with claws. In reality, adult lobsters often lead their children “by the hand.” They are also “right-handed”, “left-handed” and can equally wield both “hands”.
3. Lobsters feel pain. And just like people learn to avoid it
Lobsters are not only capable of feeling pain. Scientists have proven that crustaceans can predict and avoid pain. This feature has long been considered a unique human trait.
4. Lobsters do not fall into shock
When other animals, including humans, experience unbearable pain, a protective reaction of the body involves shutting down the nervous system. Zoologists have found that lobsters and other crustaceans do not have the ability to fall into a state of shock. Therefore, when they are subjected to cruel procedures (for example, claws, tail are torn off or boiled alive), their suffering lasts. Moreover, scientists have proven that in boiling water, lobsters die within 35-45 seconds, and when dismembered, their nervous system functions for another hour!
5. Lobsters are stressed
Every year, millions of lobsters die in pots. Stop making lobsters suffer! New studies have shown that crustaceans can even be anxious, in other words, they have a complex set of emotions that is characteristic of people. And most of them even react exactly like people - they are looking for a safe place! French researchers also found that nervous cancer (a relative of lobster) responds positively to those antidepressants that treat anxiety in people.
6. Lobsters "do not age"!
Not in the human sense of the word, of course. This is an ideal example of “worthy old age”. Lobsters do not suffer from a decline in strength and health, but simply continue to live. Scientists even suggest that lobsters may be biologically immortal, that is, unable to die of old age!
The fact that lobsters are silent for people does not remove our responsibility to them.Listen to the scientists: it is obvious that lobsters are unique creatures that can take care of each other, feel anxiety and pain, and also know life in the same ways that we do. Today it is important to recognize as never before that these unusual animals deserve our care and protection, like pets.