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Common Lobster Homarus gammarus

With the striking thick-plated, yellow-spotted, dark blue exoskeleton and long scarlet antennae, the common lobster is rather remarkable. It also has a broad fan tail for use while balancing and large claws to cut and crush. This salient fellow can be found in shallow coastal waters all around the UK coastline.

Conservation status

The common lobster has been severely overexploited commercially in our waters and its numbers have been greatly reduced.

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Lobsters are one of the only known species that do not die from the aging process.

Lobsters do not slow down, weaken or lose fertility with age. The explanation is believed to be due to the presence of the enzyme telomerase, which repairs DNA sequences. In theory they could live indefinitely but die due to disease, fishing, being preyed upon and other factors.

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