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CATALINA ISLANDER: STRANGE CRUSTACEAN ! By Henry Smith Williams In the Los Angeles Examiner is full justification, I believe, the title above presented, even the strange crustacean I have is a creature fanfiliar to every as the "common" lobster. A treat- need not' be rare in order to be age anti unfamiliar of habit, par- alarly if its life is spent under ter. And assuredly the life history the lobster is unfamiliar to most of It is generaly known that hc was "red as a lobster" until he was and that he was probably in a "lobster pot." And there thereabouts popular knowledge of popular crustacean ceases. is worth while, then, to summarize lobster's life story, and I am led do so here by reading the account by John Oliver La Gorce, in the :ographic Magazine. i feel pretty that the lobster's strange story ill be new to most readers of these los, as it was to me. it appears that mother lobster is a ~ry notable egg-producer. She is be- :red to spawn only every other (lay, be sure, but she begius very young her clutch of eggs varies from 3000 as a mininum to a maxi- they have the luck to escape the schools of surface-feeding fish against which they have virtually no protec- tion. After the fourth moult, the young lobster begins to look like a lobster-- hitherto he was hardly recognizable-- aiad to develop the propensity to seek the bottom of the water in which he finds himself.. Snuggling and burrow- lug there, he evades his enemies if he can, and feasts voraciously on almost anything in the way of food that comes to hand. The hard, protective shell will not chauge in size, so from time to time he splits it along the back and comes out of it. improving the opportunity to grow while the new shell is hardening. Oddest of all, he can shed his big claws on occasion if they chance to become hampered, and a new claw quite as good as the old one grows in its place. .'~ most convenient provi- sion, that. Under ordinary conditions the fleshy part of the claw is pulled out, as you pull a hand out of a glove. when mouhing occurs. And the change of shells and claws appears to go on ahnost indefinitely, so that it is hard to say just what constitutes the natural limit of growth. Lobsters have been taken that weigh twenty-five, and even thirty-five pounds, and it is believed for existence. And in reality of young lobsters fall prey to fish enemies that abound in their The eggs go through a singularly period of incubation, about ten during which time they are by the mother as a sort of .pron glued to the under side of tier ~ody.During, this period the mother is said to be "in berry," and ~he cannot legally be taken for the ;. but fishermen are not unduly m regarding the prohibition, ad predacious fish regard it not at all, the egg-encumbered mother a easy victim. o~V?on. the eggs hatch the mother o~ter is freed from further parental The young are free-swimming that float about near the Surface of the water for several weeks, that time, undergoing four or changes of skin--provided ,IV----- of something like 75,000. There that these are not giants, but only ~no suggestion of race suicide in that grown-ups, perhaps fifty years old. All rt 9! productivity, but the very fact of which tends, I think, to sustain the such fecundity tells of a terrific "'" thesis that the lobster is a strange crnstacean. The Catalina Islander will welcome correspondence on problems of a psy- chological nature. Have you a friend whom you would like to receive a sample copy of The Catalina Islander? Semt us the name and address. "For Rent" anti "For Sale" signs are on sale at Windle's News Stand. Catalina will give you the rest of your life. Come to Catalina. Renew your subscription to The Catalina Islander, $2 per year. The St. Louis Sporting News is on sale at Windle's News Stand. Advertise your needs in The Catalina Islander. What Is Advertising? Advertising is nothing more or less than salesmanship. By .advertising you sell to several hundred people at one time instead of to the single individual. Advertising does not belong to the realm of magic. 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