For people who like to eat seafood, lobster is a favorite. These 8-legged, 2-clawed critters usually weigh around a pound and a half; a 2- or 3-pound lobster is a real treat. So you can imagine the shock of this fisherman the other day when he pulled this fellow out of the water! The lobster was about 3 feet long and weighed 20 pounds. Based on its size, scientists think it must have lived at least 25 years — far more than the usual 5 to 7 years for lobsters we eat. The funny thing is, the scientists weren’t that surprised: it turns out lobsters can live as long as 75 or even 100 years, and the biggest one ever weighed 44 1/2 pounds. Luckily for this lobster, the law says you have to throw oversized lobsters back into the ocean. So now it gets to keep eating instead of being eaten.
Wee ones: Who’s taller, that 3-foot lobster or you? Find out your height in feet!
Little kids: The trap held this huge lobster and 5 others. How many lobsters were in there? Bonus: How many claws did they have all together? (Count 2 per lobster).
Big kids: By how many years is that 25-year-old lobster older than you? (or if you’re older, by how much?) Bonus: If the lobster really was 100 years old, in what year was it born? (We’re in 2015 right now.)
Wee ones: Different for everyone… if you’re over 3 feet, you’re taller.
Little kids: 6 lobsters. Bonus: 12 claws.
Big kids: Different for everyone… if you’re younger than 25 years, subtract your age from 25, otherwise subtract 25 from your age. Bonus: In 1915, during World War 1.
And thank you Catherine M. for sending this math-y lobster tale!