The icy cold waters of the Atlantic are home to several thousand lobsters. After birth, each lobster grows a thick shell to protect their soft fleshy insides. During a lifetime, it is necessary for a lobster to shed their shell and grow another – if they don’t, their growth will be stifled and they will die.
There is about a two week period of time between when the old shell is shed and the new shell appears. During that time, the lobster is at risk of being eaten by a predator, being washed against a pylon or being severely hurt.
The risk is so great but is necessary for growth. Failure to shed an old shell will kill a lobster. Shedding a shell and appearing vulnerable is the only option available to the lobster.
We all carry a shell on our backs and for some, we have outgrown it. It is important that we shed our shell and take a risk so that we can all grow.