Lobsters and everybody wants to do it.
Humans are the only animal capable of involving emotions in the act of reproduction. All other animals act on instinct. Still being fruitful and multiplying is common to all life forms. So how do Lobsters reproduce? It’s quite simple.
Let’s begin with the differences between male and female lobsters.
Firstly, both male and female lobsters look the same. Males usually have larger claws. Just above the swimmerets can be found a hard feeler called a pleopod. This pleopod is used to deposit sperm inside the female.
Female lobsters have wider tails than males. The tail is where the eggs are carried after fertilization. Also, in females above the swimmerets, there are pleopods. However, the female’s pleopods are soft and feathery, so she doesn’t hurt the eggs.
The temperature of the water lobsters survive in will determine their sperm and egg count. The colder the water, the more they can produce. Moreover, in the case of a shortened winter, sperm and egg counts will be significantly reduced.
The mating process begins with the female emitting a chemical similar to pheromones. The chemical signals the male of imminent molting and mating. If more than one male senses the chemical, a battle ensues. The winner of the battle will win the honor of deposition of sperm.
The act of mating involves protection from the male
The act of mating involves protection from the male. While the female sheds her exoskeleton, the male keeps watch. Shedding of the hard shell could take up to half an hour. Following molting of the female, the male gently turns her over.
While piercing her abdomen with his pair of pleopods, he will eject sperm into her receptacles. When she judges the time to be right, she releases eggs passing by the seminal receptacle thus fertilization happens.
A glue-like substance attaches the eggs to her tail. A berried lobster is an impregnated lobster. Eggs stay in the tail to harvest and develop for up to fifteen months. Female lobsters will release eggs to float on the surface of the water. At this point, the eggs are larvae not resembling lobsters. Much the same way tadpoles don’t resemble frogs.
Slowly the larvae will settle on the bottom of the ocean. With a suitable hiding place, they develop until they are ready to fight off predators.
Mainly lobsters are sold for food. If you go to a seafood restaurant, don’t ask which is better to eat, a male or female lobster. The question is answered by you. Do you want a lobster tail or lobster claw? Females have the hearty tails. Males have more meat in their claws. Just don’t forget the garlic butter.