The lobster myth
You might think lobsters mate for life, but they are far from romantic. We take a look at their strangest features and the love story myth
are lobsters really romantic?
There are more than 70 species of lobster, and while the European lobster (Homarus gammarus) and American lobster (Homarus americanus) are well known, not least on restaurant menus, others, such as the marbled mitten lobster, are much rarer.
All lobsters share the fantastically strange attribute of being bilaterally symmetrical, meaning their organs are arranged in pairs so they are identical on each side of their body. European lobsters are usually blue on top and yellow underneath and only red after cooking. They live in holes or crevices on the continental shelf at depths of up to 150 metres (492 feet) and emerge at night to hunt. Naturally aggressive and covered in armour, common lobsters are armed with a large asymmetrical pair of claws, one of which is used for crushing and the other for cutting. As well as their intriguing physical features, the lobster’s behaviour is equally fascinating and its love life rather colourful.