Lobster Growth Rings Discovered
December 11, 2012
Portland Press Herald: For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster—by counting its rings, like a tree.
Nobody knows how old lobsters can live to be; some people estimate they live to more than 100.
But knowing—rather than simply guessing—their age and that of other shellfish could help scientists better understand the population and assist regulators of the lucrative industry, said Raouf Kilada, a research associate at the University of New Brunswick who was the lead author of a scientific paper documenting the process.
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