The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.)

The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.) In This Intimate Portrait Of An Island Lobstering Community And Aneccentric Band Of Renegade Biologists, Journalist Trevor Corson Escorts The Reader Onto The Slippery Decks Of Fishing Boats, Through Danger Filled Scuba Dives, And Deep Into The Churning Currents Of The Gulf Of Maine To Learn About The Secret Undersea Lives Of LobstersThis PS Edition Features An ExtraPages Of Insights Into The Book, Including Author Interviews, Recommended Reading, And

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.)
  • Trevor Corson
  • English
  • 12 September 2017
  • 9780060555597

10 thoughts on “The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.)

  1. says:

    Lobsters have the most amazing sex lives The biggest lobsters fight brutally to gain dominance and have their choice of females the females admire muscles in their men However, there s always the sly, sleek, attractive one, jack the lad whose never going to be big enough to enter the sex wars So while the alpha males are going at it, he slips down into the ladies homes, they live in holes in the sand, and gets it on and is home safe before the big, muscly males have even recovered from their latest fight Who knew The book is written from three perspectives the fishing business, marine scientists and the lobsters own extremely complicated and interesting lives Its as entertaining as it is interesting and if I did eat lobster, I never would again.One of the reason my ex husband liked me was because when he caught a lobster, especially a weird local one called the slipper lobster which is supposed to be the best and sweetest variety, he would come by me to cook it and eat the whole thing If he took it home his mother and sisters would all want a share, he said The reason I didn t like lobster, which he knew, was I had a job sailing and the captain had insisted I come out with him to the most expensive restaurant on the island at that time Long, white tablecloths etc The captain insisted I have the most expensive item on the menu, lobster, despite my protests Under the table sat a cat I discreetly fed the whole lobster bit by bit to the cat who stayed under the table under the chocolate cheesecake dessert came I wasn t sharing that He never knew, but I told my ex who ever afterwards cooked his smelly lobsters by me and never had to share them with his sisters again Read 2011, totally rewritten June 30th 2019 in view of memories that returned when tonight s date insisted I have lobster at the island s most expensive yada yada, but I had snapper instead

  2. says:

    i feel compelled to disclose that lobsters are, in fact, my favorite sea dwelling creature and definitely in my top five creatures of all time in no particular order, lobsters, otter, triceratops, my cat oscar, and unicorns however, that does not mean that my review of this book should be disregarded.the writing is engaging, and the subject matter contains many a good cocktail party tidbit the bit about superlobsters being particularly interesting and lobstermen are just pretty badass dudes.

  3. says:

    I read this in my continuing attempt to find my inner lobster my Umwelt , which is necessary for someone who should have been a pair of ragged claws, scuttling across the floors of silent seas Plenty of warm, buttery tidbits here about lobster behavior, serving as a metaphor perhaps for the human drama of lobstermen versus the government The term pissing contest has taken on new meaning By coincidence, as I was reading this, I visited one of those new Uber supermarkets you know, a place where you can listen to live music, get your car s oil changed and find organic persimmons out of season They had, of course, a lobster tank with a few dozen of what our author calls our favorite crustaceans crawling over each other I wanted to shout out loud, No Stop this They don t like that That s not how they live This book helped me to see lobsters I m happy to eat them though.

  4. says:

    Lobsters are one of my favorite animals, but I had no idea that there was an entire book all about them A lot of people only see these aquatic animals as food, but The Secret Life of Lobsters sheds some light on the nature of lobsters and what makes them a lot interesting than people realize However, it s not just a book about lobsters It s also a book about a group of marine biologists who study them, and the methods they use while at sea to research them.

  5. says:

    What a great book about the Maine lobster fishing industry told through one of their own The author tells a story of the relationship between the fishermen and the scientists, many of whom develop great relationships with a common goal of ensuring the long term sustainability of lobster I learned so much about the biology of lobsters as well Overall, it was a fun and also educational read This might be my favorite book

  6. says:

    Hmm, not especially recommended, unless you are especially obsessed with lobsters The casual reader of microhistories might not enjoy I did learn some interesting things like the fascinating role pheromones play in lobster mating sounds dry but it was actually the most interesting part of the book Or the fact that lobsters have open circulatory systems, meaning that their blood flows through body cavities rather than inside veins Or the fact that what we call a lobster tail is really their abdomen their anus is at the bottom of it And the author cleverly and often punnily weaves the lives of the individual lobstermen on Little Cranberry Island and the lives of the lobsters themselves.But the book was definitely repetitive and drawn out at times It s just not the most captivating microhistory I ve ever read.Also, the author is certainly quite prejudiced towards the lobstermen, not the lobster scientists except for the scientists who agree with the lobstermen or the animal rights advocates probably because he grew up spending summers on Little Cranberry and interacting with the lobstermen Let s see, what else Well, this description of molting the author gives is the most unnerving thing I ve read in a while The membrane that lines its old shell bursts and the animal falls over on its side, helpless and immobilized The lobster s back detaches and the animal pulls its antennae, mouthparts, legs, and claws out of their former coverings Because a lobster is an invertebrate, every anatomic feature that is rigid is part of the exoskeleton, including the teeth inside the stomach that grind food The lobster must rip out the lining of its throat, stomach, and anus before it is free of the old shell Some die trying. Wow, okay Never going to unsee that There s some weird, intensely unethical experiments going on in this book, too Diane Cowan seems especially sadistic For someone who loves lobsters and is called the Jane Goodall of lobsters, she sure loves doing horrific things to lobsters Like cutting off their scent glands so that they will be raped and brutally murdered by other lobsters the author s words, not mine , or saying things to baby lobsters as she gently puts them down like aw, you re so cute, I hope you end up on my dinner plate someday Hi, Hannibal Lector, I see you ve emerged from your nap She s not the only one who could inspire creepypasta literature Take this Jack Merill helped his daughter with a science project at school While her classmates watched, she sprinkled a few drops of a household pesticide over a tank containing a lobster Within seconds the animal convulsed and was dead. I m sorry, that s the science project you encourage your CHILD to do That s so damn twisted, man.

  7. says:

    A fascinating and informative book about lobsters and about the evolution of man s understanding of these creatures over a hundred years as well as the various fights over how best to conserve them for the future.

  8. says:

    I love lobster I thought they were getting rare as in too many being caught The government thought so too, so they limited the haul Then the lobstermen who had a darn good reason to know about lobster behavior than any government policy wonk figured out that was not so In the end, this is mainly a story about how the industry effectively won the right to regulate its catch itself, with a side does of it s not really necessary Those lobsters are having a LOT of sex But how lobsters have sex, how they choose their mates, and what happens to the little baby lobsterettes after they hatch is the best part of the story essentially a detective story.Absolutely fascinating Eat lobster It helps the lobstermen

  9. says:

    The life of lobsters Was there any chance this wouldn t be a good book Well, yes I suppose there was, but fortunately it was There were lots of little interesting tidbits about lobsters, but the book was mostly about a small lobstering community and scientists working together to learn about these awesome animals and to maintain their sustainability Their new found knowledge can even be used to guesstimate how favorable a lobster season may or may not be I was a little concerned with the portrayal of government scientists as ignorant, useless, dismissive and arrogant Not that there aren t many a committee of scientists with these qualities why I left research science as a career , but the only scientist who really cared or knew anything was a friend of the lobstering community no conflict there The government scientists just wouldn t listen and claimed that the lobster was overfished when it wasn t My concern is that people will take this to mean that whenever a scientist says something is overfished it s not true, or they simply don t know what they are talking about or they are being alarmist, or gasp environmentalist In this case they were basing their suggestions on available data, while data by the friend of lobster community scientist was still being collected They made assumptions based on the data they had that were reasonable But scientists are always collecting data and reorganizing their suggestions and conclusions accordingly Friend of lobster community scientist managed to conduct major research and even got serious funding he was paying for submersibles for his research testing a hypothesis that was against the main stream idea I point this out because far too often, people will point to a situation like this and say that science doesn t work In Michael Crichton s book State of Fear, that bastard was saying that scientists have biased opinions because they only get funding if they support the main stream ideas This is simply NOT TRUE And in fact if a scientist can disprove a main stream idea, he or she will make quite a name for themselves and it would significantly boost their career But science does not or should not pretend to be the ultimate truth, just a useful tool that we can use to enhance our everyday lives And as such, it is constantly questioned and new data is constantly being gathered and analyzed The scientists in this case simply made a decision based on available data What else could they do Okay, end of rant I apologize Back to the bookBecause the author did mention other seriously overfished industries, such as cod, he didn t completely diminish the very real threat of overfishing In fact, he mentioned that overfishing of larger predatory fish may be why there was such a boom of lobsters So I m glad he didn t extrapolate from this one situation and dismiss all overfishing claims The book is full of breathtaking descriptions of ocean habitats and is really well written In one particularly amusing act of revenge, a dominant lobster that had been bullying the other lobsters in the tank molted Of course, without his hard shell for protection, he was very vulnerable and the other lobsters took advantage of the situation When the researchers came back, all they could find were remnants of body parts scattered throughout the tank, the remaining lobsters back in their shelters as if nothing had happened.

  10. says:

    Charming and fascinating in depth juxtaposition of the biology and behavior of lobsters with the true grit lives of the Maine lobstermen.Reading this gives me a greater appreciation for the Lobster which is a surprisingly evolved organism, but it also gives me greater respect for the hardworking fishermen and appreciation of their efforts to carefully conserve what they farm.Also makes me want to go back to Bar Harbor soon and eat some of those delicious claws.

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