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Heaviest Marine Crustacean
The American or North Atlantic lobster (Homarus Americanus) is found on the east coast of North America, from Newfoundland to North Carolina. It comes in a variety of colours including mottled reddish brown, white, and blue. Like other crustaceans, it's an invertebrate, meaning it has no backbone. Using its massive claws for catching and crushing its prey, the lobster eats fish, crabs, clams, mussels, and sea urchins.

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The American lobster is the largest species of lobster. A lobster sheds its shell when growing, and will do this around 25 times in the first five to seven years of its ife. It is thought a lobster can live to 100 years old, however most lobsters are caught before they actually grow to full size.

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A lobster's teeth are inside its stomach! Its stomach, which is very close to its mouth, has three little grinding surfaces called the "gastric mill" which the lobster uses to chew its food.
 
 American or North Atlantic lobster
 February 11, 1977
 Nova Scotia, Canada
 20.14 kg
(44 lb 6 oz)

 
 
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