The Common Lobster is also known as the European Lobster and can be found along the south, south-west and north-east coasts of England. It is quite a large lobster that has a dark blue shell with yellow spots and a yellow-toned underside.
The Common Lobster can reach a length of up to one metre and it can easily be recognised by its two long front walking legs which have two large dangerous-looking pincers at the tip. One pincer is used for crushing prey and the other pincer is used for cutting it. The Common Lobster has eight other walking legs and two pairs of antennae of which one pair is very long and thin. The head and body is covered in a shell and the abdomen is flexible because it has no shell covering. This lobster, like the Norway Lobster, has a broad fin-like tail.
The female Common Lobster carries her eggs on the underside of her abdomen until they are ready to hatch. The larvae hatch out of the eggs around April to May and live amongst zooplankton for a while before they settle on the seabed to develop. Most fishermen return egg-bearing females into the water to help preserve lobster numbers.