While we have seen giant sharks, giant whales and even giant fish, we can also observe a giant California lobster, much appreciated by fishermen and divers, this lobster can measure more than 3 feet and weigh up to 16 pounds.
Impressive, isn’t it?
This lobster normally lives in kelp forests and seagrass beds.
This species of lobster is often found in rocky lairs or seagrass beds at relatively shallow depths.
Most California lobsters, highly prized by fishermen and divers, do not live more than 5 to 7 years before being caught. They are known to reach a length of more than 3 feet and weigh 16 pounds.
As predators, lobsters play a critical role in maintaining the diversity of intertidal and subtidal communities.
Predation on kelp-feeding species, such as sea urchins, helps maintain balance in the kelp forest ecosystem, providing a more stable habitat for other species that rely on kelp for food and shelter.
The kelp forests of the Channel Islands provide excellent rocky habitat for their pelagic larvae that arrive with the converging currents from the south.