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Some­thing fishy in the wa­ters off Ger­many.

In the wild, a fe­male lob­ster can lay an as­ton­ish­ing 20,000 eggs, which need about nine months to hatch. Un­for­tu­nately, only a hand­ful of th­ese lob­ster ba­bies sur­vive to ma­tu­rity. To sta­bilise the Euro­pean lob­ster pop­u­la­tion in the North Sea, the Al­fred We­gener In­sti­tute for Po­lar and Ma­rine Re­search re­leases hun­dreds of such young an­i­mals into the wa­ters around Heligoland, Ger­many. Al­though at the time of their re­lease they mea­sure roughly 4 cm (see pre­vi­ous pages), adults can grow as large as 60 cm and weigh as much as 6 kg.

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