11 Interesting Facts About Lobster You Would Never Know

Lobster has been one of the most delicious ingredients that are loved by many people. Besides from enjoying the dish, have you ever wondered about other interesting information related to this type of seafood? If your answer is yes, keep on reading this article; because Fishermen’s Net is going to reveal 11 appealing lobster facts that you have probably never thought of. 

11 interesting lobster facts

1. Grow Endlessly

Since traps of lobsters fishermen are not designed to catch the largest ones, scientists have not been able to tell how long this creature actually lives. However, according to some researches, there are yet some hypotheses that lobsters can potentially get to be 100 years old. Some even weigh 30 lb or more, like the lobster jumbo.

2. Eat each other

This can be one of the surprising facts about lobster!

Lobster is a cannibalistic creature

Like other creatures, lobsters always look for fresh food to eat to keep themselves alive. If it happens to be another lobster, it is feeding time! That is why lobster culture is hard to be profitable, since this type of seafood is cannibalistic. 

3. Taste with legs

Lobsters are claimed to have poor eyesight, but they have highly developed senses of smell and taste. They use their chemosensory legs and feet hairs to identify food. Moreover, the small antennae in front of their eyes play a role in tracking down food from further away.

There are also other facts about lobsters that you should uncover as differentiation between Canadian lobster vs Maine lobster.

4. Chew with stomach

Lobsters use their stomachs to chew

Different from human beings, lobsters chew food with their stomachs. The grinding structure used for breaking up food is known as the gastric mill. You can imagine this part of the lobsters as a set of teeth on their stomachs which is located right behind their eyes. Usually, in a one-pound lobster, this gastric mill is at the same size as a walnut. 

5. Lobsters don’t scream in pain when being cooked

During cooking time, you may hear sound going through the mouth of the lobsters. It is not what you are thinking! Lobsters cannot speak, because they do not have vocal chords. In fact, what you hear when cooking lobsters is the sound of air that has been trapped in their stomachs. So you have nothing to be afraid of killing or cooking live lobsters.

6. Be able to exert pressure of up to 100 pounds per square inch with one of the claws

One lobster claw can exert pressure of up to 100 pounds per square inch

One of the other facts about lobster is that this creature can actually bring others some serious pain. One of the lobsters' claws can exert pressure of up to 100 pounds/square inch. This claw can be seen as if it has molars, and is used to break up anything hard such as crabs, clams or mussels. 

7. Be able to regenerate limbs

According to researchers, a one-pound lobster takes about five years to regenerate a single claw. After this period of time, the claw is able to reach about the same size of which was lost. 

8. Be the go-to prison food

Nowadays, lobsters are among those expensive ingredients because the nutritions in lobster are very valuable. Therefore, this can be one of the most astonishing lobster facts for you! In the Colonial era, only servants and prisoners ate lobsters, because they were claimed to be cheap, plentiful and tasteless. 

Lobster was once food for prisoners

Moreover, lobsters were once seen as the poor man’s chicken. In the Colonial era, also, this seafood type was used to feed pigs, goats and only eaten by paupers.

9. The green in cooked lobsters is liver

Technically, the green in cooked lobsters is the tomalley, it is one of the edible parts in lobster. In specific, it is known as a digestive gland which includes the intestine, liver and pancreas. 

10. Lobsters’ shells were once used to make golf balls

Lobsters' shells were once used to produce golf balls

After processing, many leftover lobsters’ shells are tossed into landfills. To avoid wasting as well as make more money for the lobster industry, a professor from the University of Maine created golf balls with a core made out of lobsters’ shells. 

11. The female lobsters are players who make the first move

Having gone through 10 different lobster facts, let’s end this interesting list with information about female lobsters. 

When it comes to sex, female lobsters are the ones who lead the game. In addition, a female lobster can only mate when she has already molted. Right after this, female lobsters send out a pheromone as a sign that they are in the mood to the male ones. 

12. Other Facts About Lobster

Often people will divide lobsters into 2 types:

  • Clawed lobsters: Have a pincer and crusher claw, which can be on either the left or right, dependent on the lobster.
  • Spiny lobsters: Have the very large antenna and a harder shell than clawed lobsters.

In addition, there are 12 different types of lobster according to the water environment in which they live.


  • In Maine, a lobster's body should be at least 3 1/4 inches long to hold and no more than 5 inches long.
  • When lobsters mate, the eggs are not immediately fertilized. The female carries the male's sperm and chooses when to fertilize her eggs.
  • Lobsters shed their shells or molted.
  • Lobsters can swim forward and backward. When they are alarmed, they will run backwards by curling up and removing their tails quickly.
  • Because its nervous system is similar to that of grasshoppers and ants, lobsters are sometimes referred to as "bugs".
  • When food is scarce, lobsters can cannibalistic and cannibalize smaller lobsters.
  • The Maine lobster is a hoofed lobster, and has large, fleshy claws.
  • Spiny Caribbean lobsters have no claws and are sold primarily for their tails.
  • Besides American lobster, people also enjoy European lobster, Spiny lobster, scale fish, crayfish.

Above are 11 engaging lobster facts. Fishermen’s Net hopes that you are pleased and fond of this information.

Read more: When is lobster season in Maine? What is the best time to buy fresh lobster? 

Visit our blog for more useful tips related to lobster. Feel free to contact us via the below contact information if you have any further questions or requests. 

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  • Address: 849 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103.
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