Seafood is a specialty, and definitely one of my favorites. Especially a good lobster. Whether you’re out eating them at a restaurant or picking up a freshly caught from your local Hy-Vee (lol) you’ve gotta get them cooked or they’ll pinch your tongue right out of your mouth and then you won’t be able to taste another buttery, delicious lobster ever again. Sad. But, maybe lobsters should start putting up a bigger fight against you.
According to some new findings that were recently published on the Washington Post it turns out that lobsters and other invertebrates feel pain.
“But when an animal responds to something we would consider painful, it does not necessarily mean the animal is in pain. The response might be a simple reflex, where signals do not travel all the way to the brain, bypassing the parts of the nervous system connected with the conscious perception of pain. When we scald our hand, for example, we immediately — and involuntarily — pull it away. Pain is the conscious experience that follows, once the signals have reached the brain. The key for Elwood was to look for responses that went beyond reflex, the crustacean equivalents of limping or nursing a wound” – Robert Elwood
Now, this isn’t going to stop me from enjoying shellfish. But it’s nice to know that boiling ensures a quick death.