Be like a lobster

At-home learning with the Seacoast Science Center

Did you know that lobsters are great at social distancing? I didn’t either – until the Seacoast Science Center filled me in.

Apparently, lobsters love nothing more than backing their tails up into a nice rocky crevice, resting their claws and sheltering in place. Sounds familiar.

This detail, and a lot more, came to my email inbox from the SSC this morning as part of its Your Learning Connection, which offers online lessons, activities and resources for at-home learning. Each week, the SSC adds new lessons to support the at-home learning efforts and to empower kids to investigate nature. Look for guidance on everything from getting outside and learning about our oceans to STEM activities and art and nature.

Now, back to living like a lobster.

The rocky shore’s gravelly bottom provides many good hiding spots, and makes a great nursery for baby lobsters to make their homes and grow. Do you know how many eggs a lobster can carry? How about what animals they are related to? View our Lobster Fact Sheets to find out more about this cool crustacean and try our Build a Better Lobster Trap design challenge.

The info even comes with a challenge: Build a better lobster trap.

Problem: The ropes that connect lobster traps to buoys and to each other can entangle whales and other marine life. Lobster traps are good at catching lobsters, but they also use ropes that hang in the water column, rope that can entangle or wrap around other ocean animals.

Mission: Design a lobster trap that also doesn’t trap whales.

For details, check out the lobster fact sheet and scroll down until you see the diagram that outlines the challenge facing designers. You can get a look at possible solutions and see how yours stacks up.

And finally – social distancing is a natural part of the life of a lobster, so it won’t leave them feeling blue.

Except for the one in this SSC video:

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