Heather Chalmers and I wrote the children’s book of how we saved Libbie the Lobster from a Publix Supermarket tank because we wanted to be a part of the wonderful learning process of young children. So we asked a friend, Dawn Emling, a first grade teacher at Belle Terre Elementary School to share the story of the famous Libbie the Lobster with her class. The kids became excited wanted to know more about Libbie. Dawn was happy to write down their questions and we had fun finding the answers. Here is what these bright kids wanted to know:
Kids want to know
Why is Libbie yellow? Most lobsters are dark greenish brown. Once in a great while lobsters can be other colors such as yellow, blue, calico or albino.
Do lobsters have noses? Yes, they do have noses. Their noses are on their short antennae. They have a great sense of smell.
Do they eat using teeth? Yes, lobsters teeth are in their stomachs.
Do they have ears? No, they do not have ears, but they do sense vibration through sound waves.
Do they have skeletons? They have exoskeletons, which means their skeletons are on the outside, like spiders and crabs.
How would you describe a lobsters shell? A lobster’s shell is its exoskeleton. In order to grow lobsters shed their old shells and form new ones.
Do they eat healthy? Yes, they eat fresh food, including fish, crabs, clams, mussels, and sea urchins.
Do they eat coral? Lobsters do not eat coral as long as they have enough food.
Do they have bodies? Yes
Do they have toes? No, but they have claws.
Do they have legs? They have 10 legs. The first are the large claws.
Are their eyes black? Yes, and they can see reflections. They use their antennae to sense their surroundings.
Who are their enemies? Seals, and cod-fish are known to eat lobsters, but humans are greatest predator of full-grown lobsters.
Heather and I have had much fun writing our children’s book, Saving Libbie the Lobster, but the greatest joy will come from watching children enjoy her story.