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Cannibal Lobsters!
National Geographic ^ | December 3, 2012 | Rhian Waller

Posted on 12/05/2012 10:03:53 PM PST by nickcarraway

The humble Maine Lobster has been exposed as a cannibal. University of Maine graduate student Noah Oppenheim and advisor Dr. Rick Wahle presented work at “The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem” symposium in Portland, Maine this last week, that showed lobsters prey on themselves in the wild. This phenomena had been seen in captivity, but recent experiments with cameras and tethered lobsters have shown this also happens in the wild. Is this a new behavior or one just not spotted before? It’s hard to tell, but populations of lobster in Maine have been skyrocketing. The catch of Maine lobsters rose to 104 million pounds last year (a record), compared with 23 million pounds in 1981; and 2012 is expected to be a bumper year too. Overfishing of species that feed on lobsters in the wild (e.g. cod and halibut) is likely to blame, and now it seems there are so many lobsters in the Gulf of Maine, they’re bumping into, and feeding, on one another. I’ll be sure to be more careful diving around them in the future……


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1 posted on 12/05/2012 10:03:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Old news to me, although it isn’t the most common behavior for them. Lobsters kept in tanks at the supermarket too long will attempt to cannibalize each other if their claws aren’t kept bound closed.

Many other animal species exhibit occasional cannibalism, even pigs (I’m sure most people heard of sows that have a calcium deficiency cannibalizing piglets).


2 posted on 12/05/2012 10:09:39 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

can’t blame them. Lobsters are tasty.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 10:13:01 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20

I don’t care how tasty it is, you’d think they would get tired of seafood.. jus sayin.. :)


4 posted on 12/05/2012 10:21:35 PM PST by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: nickcarraway

Hannibal Lobster


5 posted on 12/05/2012 10:35:33 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: carlo3b

Do they feel guilty when they are sticking them in the boilng water?


6 posted on 12/05/2012 10:37:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Now that ain’t kosher.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 10:46:18 PM PST by onedoug
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To: nickcarraway

Iraq Lobster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ1oYu6KIoU


8 posted on 12/05/2012 10:51:57 PM PST by GraceG
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To: nickcarraway

Well now, I guess I don’t need to feel sorry for them when I pass by their aquarium at the grocery store anymore.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 10:57:28 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: nickcarraway

I have a lobster rehabilitation program whereby I introduce sympathy for their common fellow and de-program them from
cannibalistic tendencies. Ship me your lobsters that are acting up.


10 posted on 12/05/2012 11:04:50 PM PST by txhurl (i hate rats)
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To: Olog-hai

Actually, I think that infant predation is almost universal in nature, under adverse conditions. It’s certainly the most common type of cannibalism, present in a lot of species that don’t engage in cannibalism against adults.

We’ve outgrown that barbarism though. We don’t eat the young we kill anymore.


11 posted on 12/05/2012 11:23:18 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: nickcarraway

Must be Republicans


12 posted on 12/05/2012 11:34:54 PM PST by gleneagle
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To: nickcarraway
A lobster in the hand is worth two in the gene pool


13 posted on 12/05/2012 11:44:16 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: nickcarraway

It never happened until a freighter of melted butter capsized in 2002.


14 posted on 12/05/2012 11:56:01 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: nickcarraway

Haha, great thread.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 12:29:15 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: KarlInOhio

+1


16 posted on 12/06/2012 12:29:56 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nickcarraway

MMmmm...lobster-fed lobster. Yum!

TC


17 posted on 12/06/2012 1:38:10 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Daffynition
Lobstah tales of woe? Pass the buttah...


18 posted on 12/06/2012 2:14:18 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: txhurl

The Lobster Whisperer, -——Burp!


19 posted on 12/06/2012 3:46:36 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: nickcarraway
and now it seems there are so many lobsters in the Gulf of Maine

Don't tell Sasquatch. She'll make sure the population drops significantly.

20 posted on 12/06/2012 4:51:26 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: nickcarraway

NJ lobsters eat accountants and snitches and John John. Therefore restauranteurs are cannibals.


21 posted on 12/06/2012 4:53:42 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: nickcarraway
Do they feel guilty when they are sticking them in the boilng water?

Naw, I've seen a few of those buggers at the supper market, they looked as cold as ice.. yup

22 posted on 12/06/2012 5:10:56 AM PST by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: Ezekiel
I think we've gone to the dogs on this thread....


23 posted on 12/06/2012 5:22:15 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: txhurl
I have a lobster rehabilitation program whereby I introduce sympathy for their common fellow and de-program them from cannibalistic tendencies. Ship me your lobsters that are acting up.

LOL! Let me guess. You run a spa for lobsters. First, they go for a dip in a nice heated pool with therapeutic herbs (boiling pot of water w. salt). Then a brisk massage to loosen up their joints (apply nutcrackers to shell). Followed by a rub down with scented oil (clarified butter).

24 posted on 12/06/2012 5:35:00 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Flick Lives

Well, yes, but not before I read them their performance appraisal as it’s pointless to punish without the subject understanding *why*.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 6:10:12 AM PST by txhurl (Zero on America: Drive it like you stole it)
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To: nickcarraway

Crawfish do the same thing.


26 posted on 12/06/2012 7:32:20 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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