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The developing embryo passes through several molts within the egg, before hatching as a metanauplius larva.
When the eggs hatch, the female releases them by waving her tail in the water, setting batches of larvae free.
They project long plumes of urine 1–2 meters (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in) in front of them, and do so when they detect a rival or a potential mate in the area.
Despite the rarity of strangely colored lobsters, many more of them are reported being caught.
It is unclear as to whether this is an artifact of social media making reporting and sharing more accessible, or if it is due to a drop in predator populations.
The red discoloration comes from astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment exported to the blood during times of stress.
The same sign is also seen in other diseases of lobsters and appears to be a nonspecific stress response, possibly relating to the antioxidant and immunostimulatory properties of the astaxanthin molecule.
Some diners consider it a delicacy, but others avoid it because they consider it a toxin source or dislike eating innards.