Piper came into our care last month, as a healthy and happy mum to be! But we noticed something a little different about piper – check out her claws! She reminded us of ‘Nemo’ – with her slightly smaller claw!
SO, WHY DOES SHE HAVE A SMALLER CLAW?
Before Piper arrived with us, it’s most likely that she somehow lost one of her claws! This can be quite a common problem and something lobsters come well equipped for! If Lobsters loose a limb – they’re able to regrow them! So, chances are a little while ago, Piper lost one of her claws and has been regrowing it ever since! Hence the size difference!
WHY ARE HER CLAWS TAPED?
This is a question we get asked a lot! We have to tape lobsters claws for 3 main reasons! The first, it stops them from attacking each other – it turns out, lobsters also think lobsters are a tasty snacks (yes, they’re cannibals!) – So taping up their claws stops them eating each other when placed in a tank together!
But not only this, lobsters can crush 100 pounds per square inch.. ouch! So keeping those claws taped up help keep our hatchery team’s fingers safe when they’re performing health checks on our lobster!
WHAT ABOUT THE COLOUR OF THE TAPE?
This is the third main reason we tape their claws! You also might have noticed that the tape for each lobster is slightly different! Tapes are colour coded to which fisherman bought them in to us! This allows us to know who bought us what, and so we can return her to the correct fisherman at the end of her stay!
DOES TAPING THEIR CLAWS EFFECT THEM?
Lobsters use their claws as cutlery – from crushing, snipping and chopping! So, whilst they are in the hatchery with us, we like to give them a helping hand and essecntially, we prepare all their meals for them! We feed them de-shelled mussels, so they don’t need to use their claws!
And don’t worry! When they’re going to be released we make sure to take the tape off so that they can get feasting again!
SO THERE WE GO! THAT’S THE STORY OF PIPER AND HER LITTLE CLAWS!