At Least These Lobsters Show They've Got a Spine...
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Spiny Lobsters are different from the ones you usually see, but they do have a strong resemblance. For one thing, unlike normal lobsters they don't have any claws, and for another thing they have short sharp spines going along the tail and their body. Depending on what part of the world you are on might might know them as crayfish; they are called this in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa although don't get them confused with actual crayfish, as they do have claws. Also, because of their shell tone which is covered by blue, green and/or yellow spots they are often called rock lobster.
The Spiny lobsters are often found in the tropical and subtropical waters around the world - in other words anywhere that has a nice warm climate. So you will commonly see them located around the Caribbean and Mediterranean countries, but they are also found around the Australasia countries. The lobsters that can be found on the western side of the Atlantic Ocean are called warm water lobsters while those found in the shores of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are called cold water lobsters.
They can tend to be founding living in crevices of rocks and coral reefs whilst going out and about at night where their goal was to find food: they eat snails, clams, crabs, sea urchins or carrion. When migrating they would move in a large group in long lines of lobsters across the sea floor. It was discovered that this species can navigate by detecting the Earth's magnetic field, and how they keep in contact is by using their long antennae which will help them ward of possible predators. They make a loud screech from their antennae by rubbing it against a smooth part of their exoskeleton. These are smart creatures, as recent studies have shown that they are very sociable with each other and tend to move away from those that are infected - thus leaving the diseased lobsters to protect themselves.
The Spiny Lobster like the normal kind are edible and are perfect from an economically standpoint for ample in Bahamas where you can find an abundance of them they are the biggest food to export out of the country. The crustaceans may grow up to 20 pounds but the more common weight is around four to five pounds and in order to grow they may shed their exoskelet
on which can lead to comical results to those who believe that their former shells are the lobsters themselves. It is said that the spiny lobster is coarser in textile compared to Maine lobster but it is sweeter and more delicious. In Italy mainly the Sardinia region seafood is one of the crucial types of cuisine and the spiny lobster is one of the key highlights that is featured regularly.
One of the popular ways that the Sardinians cook it is to split it in half and then they pan roast it with olive oil, lemon, parsley and breadcrumbs. But in other countries they have their own special way of cooking the lobster. So you can enjoy these crustaceans in one of ideal Sardinia villas or put one on the barbie on the beach fronts of Australia.
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