When you look at the California spiny lobster, you may notice something missing: the claws! Unlike the east coast Maine lobster, the California spiny lobster does not have any claws. Instead it has lots of spines all over its body to protect itself. Lobsters, like all crustaceans, have an exoskeleton that they need to molt, or shed, every time they grow. It is very common to find lobster molts washed up on beaches with a nearby kelp forest.