This Just In: Lobsters Don’t Live Forever (Smithsonian)

American lobster (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)

Imagine a lobster as big as a toddler: the largest lobster caught in Maine weighed in at 27 pounds. Recent research has shown that lobsters continue to grow throughout their lives, and that some lobster females can live in the wild for more than 50 years. These crustaceans do not lose strength, metabolism or the ability to reproduce as they age, leading the media to speculate whether lobsters could, if undisturbed, live forever. But don’t go looking for the lobster fountain of youth the Smithsonian Surprising Science blog declares such rumored immortality to be a myth.

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