Inside of a Lobster Trap

A lobster trap sitting on the back of a fishing boat, waiting to be set into the water.

The Bay of Fundy is home to many unique creatures, like the well known Canadian Lobster. But, there are many other sea creatures roaming the bottom of the ocean many might not know about. A great way to see what’s down there is place a lobster trap. Not only do the traps catch lobsters for the fisherman, they also bring up anything else that found its way inside. Here’s what we found!

All of the creatures caught were released back into the Bay of Fundy after being photographed 

Acadian Hermit Crab (Pagurus acadianus)

Shell thieves of the Bay of Fundy, hermit crabs are known to inhabit the empty shells of different mollusks found on the ocean floor. Similar to a lobster, they crawl in the trap looking for food, and end up stuck inside the trap! They can also “jump” out of their shells.

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Winter Flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

Flounder aren’t commonly found in lobster traps, but when they do work their way in, it’s always a surprise! They have very distinct eyes, both are on one side of their body, which help them see in the water while they swim. These fish are a favorite to eat among many fisherman, too.

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Canadian Lobster (Homarus americanus) 

Lobster fishing is one of the biggest industries in Charlotte County. Many of the residents of the Islands and areas by the water rely on lobster fishing for their income. To understand the impact lobster fishing has on these communities, look at the amount lobster boats there are at wharves.

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Can you spot the male and female lobster? The picture above to the left shows the belly of a female, while the right shows a male. The difference, females have 2 more feathery legs at the tops of their tail, while males have ones that are more solid.


Common Star Fish (Asterias rubens)

A mermaids first choice for earrings, and everyone’s favorite beach find! You’ll find all kinds of starfish wrapped around the bait bag in a lobster trap in some areas, and you’ll see many different types, too! Starfish can regrow limbs they lose, so if you see a smaller leg, it’s growing a new one!

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Green Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)

They aren’t fun to step on, but Sea Urchins are a lot more interesting than you’d think. Sea Urchins have little hair like projections on their body, making it hard for kelp to grow on their exterior, keeping them clean. If you flip a Sea Urchin belly up in the water, they can actually flip themselves back up with their tube feet, Starfish can do the same thing!

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