Slipper Lobsters are members of the Scyllaridae family, found in warm oceans across the world from the surface all the way down to depths of about 500 metres (1,600 ft).
They are related to Spiny Lobsters, which aren't true lobsters either. The problem is they don't have claws! Lobsters are really proud of their claws and without them, a so-called lobster simply isn't really a lobster.
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Some of them are actually quite cute!
Slipper Lobsters have a whole host of coping mechanisms, often aided by their body being flattened like a fancy, modern tank. Some may be nocturnal, hiding in caves and niches while predators are most active...
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Slipper Lobsters have a remarkably thick carapace that only the most powerful of jaws can crunch through.
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Like any crustacean, they also have 2 pairs of antennae. One pair are extremely long, flexible and sensitive, held up to sense their surroundings. The other pair is less obvious, or at least they were for me...
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With ideas like that, I should be a billionaire by now! But those ancient reptiles in Hollywood wouldn't like that, would they...