The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists by Trevor Corson

By Trevor Corson

In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering group and aneccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, via danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to profit in regards to the mystery undersea lives of lobsters.
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Old-time fishermen claimed that a brick soaked in kerosene would attract lobsters to a trap. What better way to begin a study on the effects of petroleum products on undersea organisms than to test this theory? Hoping that his investment would pay off, Jelle purchased a supply of lobsters from the local fishermen’s wharf. Soon Jelle had confirmed that lobsters were attracted to the hydrocarbons in petroleum products such as kerosene. But that discovery would tell him little without an understanding of how odors and tastes governed the behavior of lobsters.

Often the traps were loaded with lobsters flapping their tails. Warren would open the trap and reach among the snapping pincers. He tossed most of the animals overboard without a second glance. Several he kept only long enough to slap a brass ruler on their backs before throwing them back into the water too. The trap would be empty and Jack would have yet to change the bait. He would hurry to unwind the spent bag and hang a fresh bundle of herring in the trap. Warren would tie the door shut and shove the trap overboard.

He suffered from a rare allergic reaction to proteins in lobster muscle and would never taste a lobster in his life. That didn’t stop Mark from setting out to catch more lobsters than any Fernald in the history of Little Cranberry. By the age of twelve he was hauling five traps from a rowboat. He found a sixth trap washed up on the beach, which he dragged home, repaired, and carted down to the harbor in a wheelbarrow. He hung a bait bag full of herring inside, rowed a quarter mile from shore, tied a buoy onto the buoy line, and slid the trap overboard.

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