An unmistakeable animal, the Common Lobster, Homarus gammerus, is a much sought after, luxury food species. Typically they are up to 50cms long but can be 1 metre. Old specimens tend to be covered in barnacles and other marine growth. The Common Lobster lives mainly in rocky ground and is a scavenger which feeds mainly at night. They are fished for traditionally by baited lobster pots or creels which is a quite environmentally friendly method of fishing as it causes no damage to the sea bed. Much of the UK catch is exported to mainland Europe.
St. Abbs Marine Reserve, North Sea