what do lobsters eat?
Lobsters are crustaceans with big claws and long, segmented bodies. They are one of the most expensive types of seafood because of their delicious flavor, but few people stop to wonder what lobsters themselves actually eat. In fact, lobsters are omnivores that primarily eat small animals such as shrimp, krill, sea urchins, crabs, clams, mussels, plankton, small fish and starfish. They also eat seaweed and other aquatic plants, and when nothing better is available they will scavenge from dead creatures in the water. This is what allows lobster fishermen to capture them, although carrion is not a lobster’s favorite meal. Some common lobster baits include oily herrings, mackerels, old leather, chicken or a commercial bait. The most important aspect of lobster bait is that it has to be quite smelly, using a lobster’s powerful nose to lure it in.