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Be it ever so humble, where does a lobster call home? Lobsters live in the coastal regions around the world. Once shunned and now cultivated for human consumption, lobsters have come to be one of the most sought-after delicacies in the world.

Right after he's born, a very tiny lobster looks nothing like an adult lobster and has a 1/1000 chance of surviving to adulthood. During the first 15 days of his life, he lives in the top three feet of water in the ocean and is extremely vulnerable to predators. During this period he molts three times before moving into the fourth stage as a miniature adult.

After reaching stage four, the lobster has the swimming abilities to search for a permanent place to live. He prefers the rocky bottom of cobbles such as are found in the waters off the coast of Maine. If this isn't an option, he may choose a different habitat such as the salt peat marsh that surrounds the coast of Cape Cod. Lobsters are versatile and can survive in whatever their surroundings happen to be.

Lobsters choose to live in cobble because it allows them to use its many tunnels and crevices to hide and wait for food to come drifting down. A lot of lobsters live on the Maine coast, because not only does it have the cobble bottom they want, it also has an abundance of clean, cold water.

The lobster moves into his new, ocean bottom home if he molts into stage five. During his first year or so he lives in a tunnel or crevice underneath the cobble where his many predators won't be able to find him. From his first year until about his fourth year, he hides in the seaweed and the kelp as he cruises around on the look out for food.

Small lobsters seldom come out in the open. If our lobster were to swim out into the ocean at this point in his life, he'd be eaten by fish within minutes. Only if he gets larger will he move to an area with larger rocks. He may also choose to live in sandy or muddy areas between the shoreline and the edge of the continental shelf. Being a loner, he lives by himself in a crevice or burrow under rocks.

Wherever there are lobsters, there will be fishermen. Between the fishermen and natural predators, most lobsters don't live very long lives. In any case, historically some lobsters have been noted to have achieved larger sizes and longer life spans. Colonials, for example, recorded that some of the lobsters they found were five or six feet in length.

During modern times, the largest lobster on record was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1977. This monster lobster was between three and four feet long and weighed 44 lbs., 6 oz. He was thought to have been around 100 years old. Believe it, or not!

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