Carina, 5th Class

It was about half a mile down the road to the South Wexford Lobster Co-op, our teacher came back to the bus and told us. The bus couldn't go down the narrow road so we had to walk. When we finally got our turn to go in I realised it was all worth the wait.

We found out that when the female lobsters are pregnant they are called berried (or hen) lobsters. The eggs go from black to red. Red when they're about to be laid. Carlos brought out some pregnant female lobsters. We looked at their eggs. Lobsters can lay from 3,000 to 9,000 eggs. We then went into another room where the hoppers with the larvae were. They were tiny, they had been born just a few days before. We saw two of them biting each other.

After that we went into the room where the food was. The food stunk! The food for the larvae was called "shrimp cysts". They had to get it imported from America. It costs 100!!! When you add warm water and leave it for a few hours the baby shrimp come out of their eggs.

Juvenile lobsters are a bit like insects. They kept climbing up the walls of the little crates they were in and then tumbling over. Carlos said that they were doing that "cause it was their feeding time". The lobster pot was made up of ropes and when fishermen catch lobsters they put them in there and the lobsters are not able to get out.

The day was a great experience for the whole class. It was a great day and I hope that Carlos and Nicolette will come and visit us after Christmas, when we are getting our own lobsters.