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At first glance, you probably wouldn’t guess that humans have much in common with lobsters and crabs. I mean, they look completely different from us. We live in totally different habitats (unless you’re a mermaid). On top of that, they’re not necessarily the cutest animals on the planet, and that can make them kinda difficult to relate to. BUT as it turns out, we actually have tons of things in common with them!
If you get caught cheating on your homework, you’ll hopefully learn from your mistake and never do it again. Crabs can also retain information so that they don’t make the same mistakes in the future!
In one instance, researchers moved a screen over water above crabs to mimic the cues of a seagull or other predators passing overhead. At first, the crabs ran into their burrows. But after a few times, the crabs learned that the darkness didn’t correspond with danger, and they no longer fled.
Scientists also have found that crabs live by the age-old saying, “Love thy neighbor.” If a male Australian fiddler crab’s burrow is being invaded by an intruder looking to take over the burrow, his male neighbor will leave his own burrow to help fight off the intruder.
Scientists have also found that the two neighboring crabs will never fight each other, and they even work hard to keep their homes clean and comfortable for their babies. So sweet!
Humans are either right-handed or left-handed, for the most part. Guess what? So are lobsters! Some will have the crusher claw (their dominant claw) on the right side while others will have it on the left. Some lobsters are even ambidextrous, too!
People aren’t the only ones who like to seek out adventures away from home! Lobsters take long-distance seasonal journeys and can cover 100 miles or more each year (the equivalent of a human walking from Maine to Florida).
Like humans, lobsters carry eggs for nine months, have a long childhood and an awkward adolescence (minus the zits), and can live 100 years or longer—if they manage to avoid the millions of traps along the coasts.
It’s no secret that humans can be born with full range of skin tones. Lobsters are different colors, too! They can be blue, blue-green, red, red-orange, yellow, and white. Some lobsters come in two colors, with half their shell one color and the other half another. Totes jealous.
When the seasons change, it’s almost instinctual for people to flock to vacation destinations and enjoy the weather. And we’re not the only ones. When the oceans cool down in the winter, lobsters tend to migrate to deeper waters offshore to do the same!
Like us, lobsters have a brain, a heart, a nervous system, a stomach, and intestines. We match, y’all!
In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, these shelled sweeties are seriously awesome and deserve some major respect. The next time you hear anyone talkin’ smack about lobsters and crabs, share this info with them!