Asymmetry in Lobsters

March 31, 2009


Lobsters are a good example of asymmetry in nature.  Often, their claws are not only found to be of different sizes, but also different shapes.


Lobsters will regenerate a claw if it is broken off, but it takes some time for the new one to grow back to its maximum size.  This may also account for an asymmetrical appearance. 

The photo I used as a guide to paint the lobster at top showed the right arm hidden under its body at the point where it is attached.  Its left arm was also tilted at an angle to show its narrowest side.  Both of these positions exaggerate the discrepancy in claw sizes.

The painting at top was created on masonite with acrylics while the drawing of the lobster was made with a fine point black marker.

The image of a Lobster on Rocks shown at top appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of the Arsenic Lobster poetry journal. 

The original painting is at The Inn at Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.

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