Back home in Europe, I am used to rain and wind this time of the year. But here in the Caribbean, October means finally some fresh air after a hot summer. Anibal, Captain Daniel and I went out in Cozumel to train and to check out a new spot Anibal discovered. We did some maintenance on the guns, made some new bands and enjoyed sharing our fishing stories.
After a couple of hours, we jumped in the ocean. Anibal and I did some dives when we reached a rock in the middle of a sandy area. I went down slowly. Some Spanish Mackerels approached me and checked out my new bands I guess. I looked at my watch and saw I reached 52ft in 45 seconds. Ooooh, I love those slow dives down… I moved horizontally and looked at the rock. I saw…I saw… I saw… oooooh my… at least 25 good size lobsters. I picked one, took it and went back up to the surface. “Anibal man… I tell you lobster paradise down there”. We took four lobsters in total; one for Daniel, one for Anibal, another one for Anibal and one for me. We left the other twenty some back in the ocean. It is not about the amount of food we get, but about the quality!
Back on the boat, Daniel noticed something different. “Patron” he said… “look at the antennas of this lobster, one is old and the other one is kind of new.” Well that interested the three of us. Guess what? Lobsters are able to regenerate legs and antennas (pretty handy as lobsters are capable to live over 100 years). Isn´t that interesting?
Lobsters protect themselves with their shells and those shells can’t grow. When the lobster is young it molts many times, but a mature lobster molts about once a year and gets a new shell. After molting, a new antenna will grow if one is missing. By the way, we don’t find the old shells that often. Usually the lobster eats its old shell.
A Special Lobster on Cozumel was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Leo is the founder of Spearfishing Today and also the official representative of the Mexican Spearfishing Association for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is FII certified, speaks English and Spanish and hunts comfortable up to 100ft. Leo is guiding spearfishing trips only on request in all Spearfishing Today locations in Mexico. He only hunts with a polespear and has a very inspiring opinion about freediving and spearfishing. Nickname: Chanoc. Most memorable catch: 27.99 kilo Cubera Snapper with polespear.
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