Lobsters are bottom-dwellers who use their strong legs to crawl about the ocean floor but can swim backward with dashing speed if they are threatened. These crustaceans are found in most of the world’s oceans and seas and are considered a delicious delicacy for diners around the globe.
We’ve seen numerous lobsters in our diving travels through the years, but a lobster this size is uncommon and was truly a sight to behold as he crawled about the reef during this particular afternoon dive. His body was easily the breadth of my upper thigh.
I told my dive buddy as we exited the water that this particular fella did not get that large by being stupid! He had obviously avoided predators long enough to substantiate his enormous size, but I’ve often wondered if he’s ever wound up on someone’s dinner table.