You love eating lobster? Well, lobsters love it more. Scientists have long suspected that lobster cannibalism takes place — now there’s proof. A recent video by University of Maine grad student Noah Oppenheimer shows adult lobsters eating adolescent lobsters. Carnage here:
Granted, the young lobsters are tied to a camera (not exactly fair). But the video shows lobster predators like cod and skate refusing the easy pickings, while the lobsters themselves — this word seems so gross in this context, but what else can we say? — indulge.
So why is this happening? Are lobsters who eat lobsters the worst lobsters in the world? More likely, their cruelty is a response to abrupt changes in their lobster universe. Like: There are a shitload of lobsters right now. Many of their predators have been overfished (hello, cod), and in other cases their predators are finding prime lobster habitat — the coasts of Maine and eastern Canada — a bit warm for their tastes. So when confronted with a dearth of lobster food, the big lobsters have to consider whether they would rather go hungry or eat the very lobsters with whom they compete. Even for a lobster, that’s a no-brainer.