Lopsided lobster grows back four legs and both claws in one month

Lobsters stuns experts by growing back legs in record time

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Lopsided lobster grows back four legs and both claws in one month

A lobster that lost four legs and both claws has stunned experts by growing them back in record time - just one month.

Clawdia was facing certain death when she was found in the wild by fishermen.

The group of anglers kindly handed her to the National Lobster Hatchery, who nursed her back to health, and also discovered she was pregnant.

It's not uncommon for lobsters to grow their legs back, but it normally takes a few months and a number of shell moults.

The National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Cornwall, shared pics of Clawdia and her new legs on their Facebook page.



Dr Carly Daniels, research and development officer at the sanctuary, told the Western Daily Press: "She didn't come into us that long ago with just four legs and no claws.

"The fisherman brought her into us because they noticed she was looking particularly worse for wear and they thought we would be its best chance.

"We didn't want to release her back into the wild after she had released her eggs as she was very fragile. We fed her up, and gave her plenty of protein.

"She moulted on Monday morning. In the process of moulting, the exoskeleton falls off and there is a soft one underneath which slowly hardens.

"In the process of moulting legs and claws can grow back, but it can often take a few moults until they are full length."

According to the Mirror, he added: "It's not normal that they all grow back at once, but Clawdia was obviously particularly healthy.

"She has grown back all four sets of her walking legs, as well as her claws at the front, though I wouldn't be surprised if these get bigger on her next moult.

"We've never seen a lobster grow back four sets of legs and claws in just one moult. It's amazing."

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