spiny or rock lobster [102k]

This juvenile spiny or rock lobster is only about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) in length.  Small lobsters are more colorful photo subjects compared to fully grown specimens, which are likely to have encrustation and bland colors. The older lobsters are also more elusive and difficult to approach. 

The long antenna of these lobsters will easily break off if seized by a predator, though they will eventually be restored through growth.


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