Price: free! (found it on John's dad's bookshelf)
Date finished: October 6, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters. In revelations from the laboratory and the sea that are by turns astonishing and humorous, the lobster proves itself to be not only a delicious meal and a sustainable resource but also an amorous master of the boudoir, a lethal boxer, and a snoopy socializer with a nose that lets it track prey and paramour alike with the skill of a bloodhound.
"The Secret Life of Lobsters" is a rollicking oceanic odyssey punctuated by salt spray, melted butter, and predators lurking in the murky depths.
I didn't realize that so little was known about the life and habits of lobsters. I thought this book was well written and would be interesting even for those who are not science nerds. Some of the parts about the studies they did are a little boring, but for the most part it was really interesting.
I found a lot of the information about how decisions were made regarding what could and could not be kept when caught was really interesting. Especially since so much of lobstering is based on experience and what has been passed down within your family.
After reading this book, I'm considering getting a couple of pet lobsters to study…and then eat.