Lobsters and crayfish
Lobsters live in saltwater whilst crayfish live in freshwater habitats. Lobsters and crayfish are most often caught using pots or traps. Most lobsters are equipped with ten legs and two scissors as front legs. With these scissors, they are able to grab, cut or crack their food. Did you know lobsters and crayfish, just lie snakes, change their skin because their shell does not grow with their bodies? After changing their shell the animal grows fast and increases in weight.
There are many different lobster species. Most common are the American lobster in the north-western Atlantic ocean, and the European lobster in the north-eastern Atlantic ocean. Lobsters have a relatively slow growth rate and reach sexual maturity at a late age. Another frequently consumed lobster is the Norway lobster. This species is way smaller than the American and European lobster. This species occurs in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Mediterranean sea.
The spiny lobster closely resembles the true lobster but does not have large claws. It does have to very long antennas on its head. There are many species of spiny lobster that are sold on the Dutch market, that mainly come from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean, and the western Indian Ocean. Spiny lobsters usually reach lengths of 20 to 40 centimetres.