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Do Lobsters Scream in Boiling water?

6th January 2019

There are several myths which surround the cooking of lobster. A lobster can look daunting with its antennae and claws. When you first take a look at it, you may think it cannot be cooked, you might have also heard tales where people claim that they have heard the lobster screaming and seen the lobster twitch in pain.

The fact is that you don’t have anything to worry about boiling lobsters because they do not and cannot scream. This is because lobsters do not have vocal chords. So how can they scream? Here is what probably happened, steam was built up under the shell and when this steam started escaping from under the shell, it most probably created a sound. This sounds like whistling sound and this is what people hear and think that lobster was crying.

Another thing most people are worried about is if you are causing pain to the lobster while cooking it. You shouldn’t worry because you are not causing any pain. A study which was funded by the Norwegian government found that the nervous system of the lobster is very simple. And due to the simplicity of the nervous system, it cannot process or perceive any pain. Although some people might think otherwise but from the scientific perspective, you are not causing pain when boiling the lobster.

Whenever a lobster is placed inside boiling water which is the easiest way to cook it, the lobster does not twitch in pain. It does not feel any pain as it is boiled alive. As soon as a lobster is in boiling water, it would die almost immediately. It won’t be alive during the boiling process. You may observe the twitch for a few moments but this does not mean that it is alive. This is an involuntary contraction of the muscle.

These are the common myths about cooking lobster. Because of this believe, several people stay away from this delicious as well as nutritious meal. Now that you know the truth, you can go ahead and boil lobster as you like.

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