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LOBSTER

Defense

A North American Lobster

Lobsters belong to the same group of animals as Crabs and Shrimp. However, since Lobsters and their brothers, Crayfish, have ten legs, They are in their own order Decapoda. What people consider to be the classic Lobster is a member of the genus Homarus. These Lobsters have pincers on their first three pairs of legs, with the front pair having the largest claws. The back two legs do not have pincers.

Protected by His hard shell, Lobster scavengers on the seabed. Lobster uses His large powerful claws to crush the shells of other dead crustaceans. The right pincer is used to crush bone. The smaller left pincer functions like a pair of shears and saws through bone. Lobster carries His defense system with him. Learn how to have a "hard shell", but do not be so defensive that you remain alone.

“The March of the Spiny Lobster” occurs during the fall in the Bahamas Banks. Usually solitary, young adult Spiny Lobsters will gather under ledges on the Banks. Agitated by the hurricanes, the Lobsters march into deeper water. Forming a chain in a single file, the fearless Spiny Lobsters march on. Lobster may exhibit no fear but if He concentrates only on one thing He will fail to see oncoming danger.

Lobster's Wisdom Includes:
Following and Leading
Concentration
Courtship
Protection
Being Aware of Your Surroundings

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Spiny Lobsters (Palinuridea) are "non-traditional" looking Lobsters.


Photo of North American Lobster courtesy of U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Va. Carper

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