Freaky Fish Friday: molting Lobster, night vision style

Filed Under (Aquariums, Freaky Fish Friday) by Alexa & Cindy on 10-04-2009

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One day last month, New England Aquarium marine mammal trainers Justin and Erin paid a visit to their lobsters for a training session.

As this video shows, in a freaky, glowing sort of way, they got way more than they bargained for – and got to witness one of Justin’s lobsters shedding his old shell, also called molting, which was captured with night-vision video.

Lobsters are crustaceans, and all crustaceans molt, or shed their outer shells, when their bodies get too big for them.

Freaky fact: they also typically EAT their shells after shedding them. Pass the salsa!

Watch the video and see if you can spy the lobster’s old shell, at bottom right.

FREAKY.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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