Put it down. Put it down. Put it down. Put it down. Put it down. Put it down. Put it down.
The beast in the photo is Rocky, a 40-inch lobster that was caught in Maine. He was released back into the wild yesterday.
He weighed a ridiculous 27 pounds (12.2kg) at the time of his capture.
That’s roughly the size of a 3-year-old child.
What a lump of Lobster! Hope he’s scuttling happily around.
Debelius Reef Lobster a.k.a. Purple spotted … (Enoplometopus Debelius)
This species is classed as IUCN ‘data deficient’, but every single website when you search the species relates to it’s care in an aquarium.
Violet Spotted Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus debelius)
Reef lobsters (Enoplometopus) constitute a single genus of small lobsters that live on hard rocky bottoms in tropical parts of the world’s oceans and Japanese waters. They are usually found between the depths of 80-300 m. They are generally brightly coloured, e; as a result, some species are gaining popularity in the aquarium trade.
Reef lobsters are small (6–7 in; 15–18 cm), nocturnal, and very timid. The species can be distinguished by their colouration and morphology.
Reef lobsters are distinguished from clawed lobsters (family Nephropidae) by having full claws (chelae) only on the first pair of pereiopods, the second and third pairs being only subchelate (where the last segment of the appendage can press against a short projection from the penultimate one).
Clawed lobsters have full claws on the first three pereiopods. Males, unlike those of nephropoid lobsters, have an extra lobe on the second pleopod, which is assumed to have some function in reproduction.
Studies from the tanks of the Brighton Aquarium
From the Scientific American, published in New York. Munn and Co. 1879.