Stupidity of lobsters.
--Lobsters, says Dr. Buckland
, if left on the rocks, never go back to the water of their own accord; they wait till it comes to them.
This peculiarity was observed after a landslide on the coast of Dorsetshire, England
, which by its great weight forced up a portion of the bottom of the sea. On this suddenly elevated bit of ground there happened to be several lobsters, who doubtless thought the low tide had taken place with uncommon celerity, and that it would return again.
Anyhow, the foolish creatures waited for the tide to come up and cover them.
Of course it never did come up again; they remained in their places and died there, although the water was in many instances only a few feet from their noses.
They had not the sense to tumble into it and save their lives.