Caribbean Spiny Lobster GALLERYPanulirus argus
Lobsters are very gregarious. They seem to enjoy each other's company and are friendly and curious. tThey will come out to feel your hand with their antennae. They also protect their youngsters. See my YouTube Video on this surprising lobster behavior.Did you know that lobsters and other crustaceans molt their exoskeletons as they grow? It is thought that they build up water pressure inside their body in order to crack and shed the exoskeleton. The molting process takes only takes a few minutes for marine hermit crabs. They are then vulnerable until their new exoskeleton hardens. The crab will then eat the old exoskeleton. Doing so helps to recycle calcium and other minerals necessary for the new exoskeleton's health and rigidity. Caribbean Lobster's numbers have declined in some areas due to over harvesting.
A juvenile Caribbean Spiny Lobster
A discarded Lobster exoskeleton