The Secret Life of Lobsters

The Secret Life of Lobsters

How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean

Book - 2004
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In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters.

In revelations from the laboratory and the sea that are by turns astonishing and humorous, the lobster proves itself to be not only a delicious meal and a sustainable resource but also an amorous master of the boudoir, a lethal boxer, and a snoopy socializer with a nose that lets it track prey and paramour alike with the skill of a bloodhound.

The Secret Life of Lobsters is a rollicking oceanic odyssey punctuated by salt spray, melted butter, and predators lurking in the murky depths.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004
Characteristics: viii, 289 p. ; 24 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0060555580 (acid-free paper)
Call Number: 595.384 CORSON


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m2 May 03, 2012

Loved learning about Lobster Sex! A well-written and fascinating look at the science, politics and history of lobsters and the lobster fisherman and scientists that study and protect --and eat! them.

Mar 01, 2011

Ah, the lobster?big, red, juicy, delicious. Of course, a lobster?s goal is not to end up on your dinner plate, but to eat and mate and thrive in the deep blue sea. The fishermen who harvest this tasty seafood would agree, believe it or not, since their livelihood depends on there being enough lobster to meet demand. Journalist Trevor Corson traces the circle of life that is Maine?s lobster fishing industry. Now, lobsters are not cute. But what they lack in the grace of a leaping dolphin or the majesty of a diving whale, lobsters make up for in sheer tenacity. Having survived overfishing, artificial insemination at the hands of scientists, and ferocious claw-to-claw battles, lobsters are thriving. With a cast of dashing fishermen, witty marine biologists, and the bold brash crustacean itself, there?s a lot to be said for The Secret Life of Lobsters indeed.


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