The lobster reaches the adult stage when about eight inches long, three or four years old. The female lays her eggs and then carries them attached to the under side of her tail for about a year before they hatch, when she shakes them off to shift for themselves. They are about one-third of an inch long when they are first put on their own. They remain near the surface for six or eight weeks, during which they double in size, moulting frequently incident to growth.
Lobsters and the Navy
By Lieutenant Commander Richard Stockton Field, U. S. Navy
JOHN HOMARUS of Menemsha in a sturdy motor boat is out in the vicinity of Vineyard Lightship to haul his pots. His kicker pushes him along at about ten knots and also furnishes power to a small windlass which lifts the pots from the bottom. John’s boat probably has a well constructed in its bottom so that the catch may be kept alive and comfortable until he gets it ashore, where the lobsters will be transferred to a float. If you mentioned biology to John he would in all probability say that he new nothing of such things but he has a good knowledge of the whys and wherefores of lobsters and as he chugs along he relates certain facts to a stranger who has come along with him.