7. About Those Claws
Lobsters have several claws, but most of us typically acknowledge their two main claws. The larger of the two is called the “crusher” claw and is used for breaking the shells of other shellfish. The smaller of the two is called a “pincer” claw and has sharp teeth for tearing its food apart before consuming.
There are also some small claws on the front legs for getting the food into the lobsters mouth. The claws on a young lobster make up only 5% of their total body weight but as an adult, that can change to 50% of their weight.
And of course mature males grow “enormous crusher claws that are highly attractive to female lobster.” Are you kidding me? If a lobster is missing a claw, it is called a cull. If it is missing both claws, it is called a “pistol”.