Baby-lobster escorts wanted
Appeared in DIVER April 2011
In a lobster-eat-lobster world, it’s tough being a newborn, but your chances of survival are enhanced when a scuba diver gives you your start in life.
JOHN LIDDIARD heads for Padstow to learn more
From stage 4 onwards the larvae look more like small lobsters, growing larger with each moult
Female lobsters with their thousands of eggs are kept in a tank until they hatch, which happens overnight.
Each morning the larvae are caught using a sieve and transferred to a separate tank
the baby lobsters are kept in individual cells, each receiving a pellet of food
the larvae now look more like small lobsters, growing larger with each moult
they are kept in tanks of swirling water until they reach their third moult
Baby lobsters are transported in trays
At anchor in Harlyn Bay, cells of baby lobsters are transferred to plastic bags, ready for the divers
Transferring the bags in the water
Covers are removed from the cells of baby lobsters to release them into the sea