Interesting question. Lobsters seem to be a truly ageless species in that they never appear to age and seem to live forever. Lobsters in fact, may someday be key to research for increasing the lifespan of humans. Most times lobsters are found dead it is due to external factors such as being hunted by predators, caught by humans, or destroyed by parasites instead of dying from old age. According to an NPR broadcast, “as best scientists can tell, lobsters age so gracefully they show no measurable signs of aging: no loss of appetite, no change in metabolism, no loss of reproductive urge or ability, no decline in strength or health.” Scientists have still not found an accurate way to measure lobsters age, so an exact life expectancy is not readily available yet. However, many scientists believe that if a lobster is able to avoid death from predators and parasites it could live upwards of 100 years old!
Lobsters live an average of 50 years in the wild. Many European and American clawed lobsters don’t reach this age, as they are usually caught for commercial use. Lobsters grow continually and have to shed their shells to grow. They live at the bottom of oceans and eat fish and mollusks.
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