This is a closer view of one of the gold lobsters in the Pre-Columiban Gold Museum in San Jose. This looks rather realistic, although the artist took some license, if we want to get nit picky in comparison to anatomical details. The front claws look small and the tail is large, but the skill and artistry is impressive, particularly for being more than 600 years old.
Rather than focusing on the details, I think the larger question is why did the artist decide to make a lobster. There are lots of more attractive animals to choose for a subject. Maybe he enjoyed the taste of lobster.
We have photos from a cruise up the east coast of Baja California in Mexico's Sea of Cortez posted this week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.