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Although many groups of crustaceans contain the term "lobster" in their names, true lobsters have claws on their three front legs, with those on the front legs growing much larger than the others. These clawed lobsters aren't actually related to spiny lobsters or slipper lobsters, which have no claws. Their closest relatives are freshwater crayfish and reef lobsters.
Lobsters can live up to around 50 years, and since they keep growing throughout life, they can become impressively large. The biggest lobster ever recorded was a 44-pounder that was caught in Nova Scotia, Canada. Interestingly, the cells of lobsters don't actually show any signs of decaying during their lifespans, which means they technically don't get old. What typically kills them, in the end, is damage to their shells.
Lobster is regarded as a culinary delight in many cultures because they are so expensive. This is because lobster farming has not been successful. These crustaceans grow slowly, eat a lot, and are susceptible to contagious diseases. Just about all the lobster meat you eat is from wild lobsters, which means that part of the high price you're paying for Lobster Thermidor in a restaurant is due to shipping costs.
The lobster wasn't always an expensive and highly regarded food source in the U.S., though. Up to about the mid-19th century, European colonists thought of lobster as peasant food, and prisoners who were fed lobster often complained.
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