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Ranimi23's avatar

Why do lobsters usually walk at an angle and not straight forward?

Asked by Ranimi23 (1911points) September 21st, 2010

I heard about this on the radio, I never thought about it deeply.
Is there any physical reason?
Their legs can not adjust forward?

I thought maybe it’s because they can move only one side at a time and not the two legs on both sides at the same time?

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YoBob's avatar

My guess (and it is just that) is that it has to do with the fact that their eyes are placed on the side of their head. By walking sideways they can see where they are going as well as “watch their back” at the same time.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Are you sure it was lobsters and not crabs? Lobsters move forward, and as proof, here is a video narrated by the wonderful David Attenborough. Crabs commonly walk to the side. (Click on the link and read the “Behavior” section.)

And sometimes humans as well, when they are learning to crawl. A nephew did, and it was hysterical.

El_Cadejo's avatar

yeaaaa lobsters walk forward all the time.

Ranimi23's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer , I’m sorry, you right!
I meant CRABS.

In my language lobsters and crabs are the same thing :-/

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Now you must tell us. What is your native language?

CMaz's avatar

Crabs, not lobsters.

troubleinharlem's avatar

because they’re crabby.

Maybe it’s because of the water current, and they’re not able to walk straightforwards.
Wait, on second thought, they don’t live exclusively in the water. Nevermind. xD

anartist's avatar

Lobsters are more likely to scuttle backwards unless they need to use their claws

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