Lobster Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Heather Pier

Heather has taught high school and college science courses, and has a master's degree in geography-climatology.

Come learn about lobsters! Lobsters are animals that are well known as a type of seafood. They live in all of the world's oceans, but not in freshwater.

What is a Lobster?

Do you like to eat seafood? Have you ever eaten a type of seafood that was red and looked like a big meat-filled tail? If you have, then there is a good chance you have seen (or even eaten) a lobster.

Lobsters have big claws for catching food

Lobsters are a type of animal that can live in any of the world's oceans. People don't usually keep lobsters as pets, but we still see them a lot because many people like to eat lobsters. They are a very popular seafood all over the world.

Where Do Lobsters Live?

Lobsters can live in any type of saltwater, so they can be found in all of the world's oceans. They can live in both warm and cold waters, so you can find them in many different places. They can't live in freshwater though, so if you put a lobster in freshwater, you will soon find you have a dead lobster.

Lobsters live in dug-out holes or caves in the ocean

Lobsters can't really swim. They live their lives on the ocean floor and move around using their legs. They use rock caves or holes in the sand as their houses.

Lobster Features

The most noticeable feature of a lobster is its large pincher claws on the front of its body. They have very bad eyesight so it isn't easy for them to catch food. Their claws are extra big to help give them a better chance to catch food.

Lobsters can be many different colors

Lobsters are invertebrates, which means they have no backbone. Humans have backbones.

Lobsters have a special outer shell to keep their inside body parts from being crushed. This hard outer shell is called an exoskeleton. Spiders and cockroaches have exoskeletons too.

An exoskeleton does the same job that your cereal box does. It helps keep what is inside the exoskeleton (or box) from getting crushed. They shed their exoskeletons and grow new ones as they get bigger. It's like they get to make their own clothes!

Lobsters get larger as they get older. This lobster is probably very old

Lobsters can live for a very long time. They normally can live up to fifty years, but a few have been caught that were over 100 years old!

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