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We’ve been shipping live lobsters and fresh seafood for over 15 years and have come across plenty of questions from landlubbers and lobster aficionados alike.  You’ll find many of the common questions below. If you can’t find your answer, contact us and we will get right back to you faster than you can say Penobscot, ME. 

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Order Questions (6)

Answers to your most frequently asked questions about ordering fresh lobster and seafood from Lobster Anywhere.

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Generally, the best  time of year to buy lobsters is before Memorial Day (before the summer tourists arrive) and after Labor Day (when the tourist leave). Read our blog about the Lobster Seasons

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Place an order When you order online you can specify a future ship date with our handy dandy shipping calendar you’ll see at checkout. You can pick the exact day your order will arrive. Shipping frozen items? It’s not a bad idea to receive your order a day or two before you plan on cooking them. […]


We ship ALL packages ‘SHIPPER RELEASE’ which allows the FedEx delivery person to leave the package at its destination. If your order is more than $500.00 we will require a signature. That’s a lot of lobster to be left at the door.  Another option is we can hold your lobsters at the local station for […]


Most Internet companies are venders or middlemen for other merchants. Because we are a wholesaler we are able to offer our products at affordable prices-plain and simple.


We sell our products on a wholesale basis to fine restaurants and markets throughout the United States. For more information contact wholesale@LobsterAnwhere.com.


Credit Card If you are placing an on-line order for the first time, the system will verify that the billing address AND zip code match the ones that the credit card issuing institution has on file. This information is checked for your protection, and to prevent on-line credit card fraud. Even if the credit limit allows […]


Lobster Shipping and Delivery (15)

Information on what to expect when you order live lobster.

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We use Federal Express overnight and second day air service. We ship all of our products in reusable, insulated Styrofoam containers surrounded by chilled gel packs that maintain the proper temperature (take them to the beach or a picnic!)..


Generally, the best  time of year to buy lobsters is before Memorial Day (before the summer tourists arrive) and after Labor Day (when the tourist leave). Read our blog about the Lobster Seasons

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Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to ship outside the USA due to custom laws.

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You should plan to have someone sign for the package when it arrives. WE WAIVE THE SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT ON ALL PACKAGES so if no one is available to sign the courier will usually leave the box at the door. Although the lobsters should be okay if left alone for a few hours, we cannot be […]


All live seafood orders are shipped overnight. Frozen lobster tails, chowder and seafood are shipped overnight and two-day with dry ice. Expect delivery by 5:00 pm or earlier. For rural areas, expect delivery by the end of the day or even later. Saturday will arrive by 3:00 pm or earlier and is NOT available some […]


How we ship live lobsters Your hand graded lobsters have been packed with seawater soaked newspaper or fresh seaweed to keep them moist, and frozen ice gels to keep them cold


Check your email. The day your order ships, you will receive a shipment alert with a tracking number. You will be able to click on the link to see exactly where your order is. If this is a gift, you will be notified via email when your package is received.


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. No delivery on Monday or Sunday. Saturday delivery is not available to some rural areas. Please check with FedEx 1.800.go.FedEx. Orders can also be held at the nearest FedEx station for hold at pick-up. Your best plan is to set a dinnertime for your seafood order, or if you […]


Place an order When you order online you can specify a future ship date with our handy dandy shipping calendar you’ll see at checkout. You can pick the exact day your order will arrive. Shipping frozen items? It’s not a bad idea to receive your order a day or two before you plan on cooking them. […]


LobsterAnywhere.com ships strictly to the contiguous 48 U.S. states, plus some areas in Alaska and Hawaii for an additional charge. Delivery to HI requires a import permit for live lobster. No permit is reuqired for frozen lobster or lobster tails.  It is the responsibility of the customer to obtain the import permit. For more information, […]


We ship ALL packages ‘SHIPPER RELEASE’ which allows the FedEx delivery person to leave the package at its destination. If your order is more than $500.00 we will require a signature. That’s a lot of lobster to be left at the door.  Another option is we can hold your lobsters at the local station for […]


On occasion a lobster will drop its claw as a defense mechanism. This can happen in shipping and in the wild. Lobsters will battle other lobsters  over territorial rites. A lobster with only one claw is called a cull. Culls are often a good deal at the local lobster pound. It can take several molts […]


Your lobsters were packed to order, live and kicking and shipped overnight. Since they have traveled a long way they may have tired.  (Note that cold temperatures make lobsters sluggish.) In most cases, as long as the packaging material is in good condition, and the refrigerant is still cold, your lobsters will be fine. Cook lobsters even if they […]


Refrigerate your lobsters immediately, and keep them cold until you’re ready to cook them. It’s best to cook your lobsters the day they’re delivered. Store lobsters in a strong paper bag or right in the lobster pot if you were lucky to receive one. Contrary to popular belief, live lobsters are dark greenish-black or brown–they will […]


Your lobsters were packed to order, live and kicking and shipped overnight. Since they have traveled a long way they may have tired. ( Note that cold temperatures make lobsters sluggish.) Cook lobsters even if they appear motionless. This is also true if a lobsters has been damaged or dropped a claw in transport. See one clawed lobsters


Lobster Trivia and Fun Facts (12)

Interesting facts and tidbits about one of the most delicious seafoods around.

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It’s a female lobster carrying eggs under its tail. In Maine it is illegal to keep egg bearing lobsters. Lobstermen will put a v-notch in the tail flipper of egg bearing female lobster and return them to the sea. This practice dates back to the 1900’s and preserves the the future health of Maine’s lobster […]

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A chicken lobster is a small lobster that weighs about one pound. LobsterAnywhere does not sell chicken lobsters. Would you want a tiny lobster or a good sized lobster shipped to you?

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It was once thought that lobsters were scavengers and ate primarily dead things.  But new research has shown that lobster catch fresh food (except bait) which includes fish, crabs, clams, mussels, sea urchins and sometimes other lobsters! Lobster are nocturnal and will usually hunt for food at night.

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Small lobsters (less than 1-1/2 ” carapace length) live in and around the coastal sea weeds and rocky habitat where there they can hide from prey. Bigger adolescent lobsters (1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ carapace length live in coastal and offshore areas. Larger lobsters will migrate to deeper offer shore areas and may migrate seasoanlly to shallow […]

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You guessed it. A Male lobster is called a cock.

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It’s a lobster with only one claw. Most culls are processed for their meat, but you can buy them at lobster pounds at a good price if available.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest lobster ever caught was a 44-pound leviathan caught in 1977 off the coast of Nova Scotia. Looking for a really big lobster online? Check out our colossal lobsters.

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The American lobster, Homarus americanus has been commercially fished for 150 years.  Lobster fishing is most active in the Gulf of Maine, Bay of Fundy, Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and coastal Nova Scotia.

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Maine iconic license plate featuring a bright red lobster was designed by elementary school children in 1987.

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Lobster Thermidor is said to be named by Napoleon.Thermidor was the 11th month of the calendar used during the French Revolution. This classic French dish is made with egg yolks, brandy and the lobster’s meat stuffed back into its shell for serving. Here’s a recipe for easy Lobster Thermidor

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A lobster’s age is approximately his weight multiplied by 4, plus 3 years. A lobster is approximately 7 years old before it is legal to harvest, and it will weigh about 1 pound. A 25 pound lobster could be over 100 years old! A lobster may live 100 years, grow to 5 feet, and weigh as […]


To get away in a hurry, the lobster swims backwards by vigorously flipping its tail and can escape quickly by swimming this way.


Eating Lobster (2)

Primer of how to eat lobster and description of the best parts of the lobster to crack into. Also check our guide on how to eat lobster with illustrations, step by step directions, and serving suggestions.

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The green substance is the liver, also known as tamale. It can be rinsed out of the cooked lobster.

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The hard red substance is the roe or the eggs of the female lobster.  It is also called the coral because because of the deep red color . The roe will be black and will appear gelatin-like if your lobster is under-cooked. It is edible but can also be rinsed out. Learn more about what’s inside a lobster.

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Cooking Lobster (9)

Quick facts on how to cook lobsters.

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The green substance is the liver, also known as tamale. It can be rinsed out of the cooked lobster.

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The hard red substance is the roe or the eggs of the female lobster.  It is also called the coral because because of the deep red color . The roe will be black and will appear gelatin-like if your lobster is under-cooked. It is edible but can also be rinsed out. Learn more about what’s inside a lobster.

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Lobster Thermidor is said to be named by Napoleon.Thermidor was the 11th month of the calendar used during the French Revolution. This classic French dish is made with egg yolks, brandy and the lobster’s meat stuffed back into its shell for serving. Here’s a recipe for easy Lobster Thermidor

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It’s easy, we provide a detailed lobster cooking and handling guide with every order. You will also find instructions for lobster tails, steamers, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and steaks and more.  See how to cook lobster here. Happy Cracking!


Your lobsters were packed to order, live and kicking and shipped overnight. Since they have traveled a long way they may have tired.  (Note that cold temperatures make lobsters sluggish.) In most cases, as long as the packaging material is in good condition, and the refrigerant is still cold, your lobsters will be fine. Cook lobsters even if they […]


If you need to hold them until later in the day it is best to keep them in their packaging and refrigerate them. If you cannot fit your cooler in the refrigerator, put your lobsters in a paper bag on a drip tray or dish to catch any water that may leak, and don’t seal […]


Lobsters come in just about every color but red. The shade varies a little from lobster to lobster, but they are a dark blue-green when alive. Live lobsters are greenish brown-black because of many different color pigment chromatophores. When they are cooked, all the pigments are masked except for astaxanthin, the red background pigment. The red […]


Shellfish takes very little time to cook. Cooking a lobster for too long will make it tough and rubbery. Lobster meat should be white, opaque, not translucent. Walking legs will pull out easily from the body. Tomalley (liver) will be green and firm. Roe from a female (lobster eggs) will be bright red and firm.


Your lobsters were packed to order, live and kicking and shipped overnight. Since they have traveled a long way they may have tired. ( Note that cold temperatures make lobsters sluggish.) Cook lobsters even if they appear motionless. This is also true if a lobsters has been damaged or dropped a claw in transport. See one clawed lobsters


Storing and handling live lobster (5)

Learn more about handling live lobster from Lobster Anywhere.

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A good hard-shell lobster can live up to 36 hours out of water if kept cool, moist and refrigerated. Since lobster is a gill breather  wet newspaper and/or seaweed helps keep them moist. Since lobsters are seawater creatures never store them in fresh water.  If you need to use ice to keep lobsters cold make sure the […]

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Lobsters claws are powerful in the grasping direction. They can cut your finger if you are not careful. The claw bands will protect you and also prevent lobsters from injuring themselves or other lobsters.  Although the claws are strong in the grasping position , they are week in the opposite direction. We suggest leaving the […]

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Hold the live lobster by the lower end of the bigger body shell (called the carapace) while allowing the lobster head and claws to hang down. Be careful not to let your fingers go below the tail. The underpart of the tail can have some sharp edges and will sometimes flip its powerful tail.

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Refrigerate your lobsters immediately, and keep them cold until you’re ready to cook them. It’s best to cook your lobsters the day they’re delivered. Store lobsters in a strong paper bag or right in the lobster pot if you were lucky to receive one. Contrary to popular belief, live lobsters are dark greenish-black or brown–they will […]


While lobster can live out of water for a day of more when stored in the refrigerator between 36 and 45 degree, for best result we suggest that you cook them the day they arrive. The best way to keep lobsters alive for up to 24 hours is to store them in a lose paper bag with […]


Kinds of Lobster (6)

More information about Lobster species from around the world.

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You don’t want to buy a sleeper lobster. You may have spotted one floating in your local grocery store lobster tank.  A sleeper lobster is a sluggish or not so lively lobster that may be near death.

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The American lobster, Homarus americanus has been commercially fished for 150 years.  Lobster fishing is most active in the Gulf of Maine, Bay of Fundy, Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and coastal Nova Scotia.

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It’s a lobster with only one claw. Most culls are processed for their meat, but you can buy them at lobster pounds at a good price if available.

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A hard shell lobster is one whose shell has fully hardened after molting. Hard shells as the name replies , are hard to crack.  Hard shells lobsters yield 50% more meat than soft shell lobsters. Learn More:  Hard-Shell Games: Hard Shell vs. Soft Shell Lobster

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Soft shell is the term used for a newly molted lobster. Most adult lobsters  molt in July or August. Generally speaking, the firmer the lobster’s shell, the longer the lobster will live out of water. Hard shell lobsters generally live about 24-36 hours out of water; Soft shell lobsters can live anywhere from 3-15 hours […]


Maine lobster and Spiny lobster Two kinds of lobster-like crustaceans exist in the United States waters. The “true” lobster (the Maine lobster) is designated as such to differentiate it from the other from, the “spiny” lobster. The Spiny Lobster of southern waters and of the Pacific is not a close relative. The two, from different families, […]


Lobster Anatomy (7)

Learn about the different parts of the lobster to have a better idea of how to use its parts.

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The green substance is the liver, also known as tamale. It can be rinsed out of the cooked lobster.

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The hard red substance is the roe or the eggs of the female lobster.  It is also called the coral because because of the deep red color . The roe will be black and will appear gelatin-like if your lobster is under-cooked. It is edible but can also be rinsed out. Learn more about what’s inside a lobster.

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Lobster’s blood is colorless and when exposed to oxygen it tuns a tint of blue. The blue hue is due to iron the lobster’s body used to transport oxygen. Human’s red colored blood is due to iron being the oxygen carrier.  When lobsters are cooked the blood turns to a white, opaque color and has a gel […]

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Lobsters claws are powerful in the grasping direction. They can cut your finger if you are not careful. The claw bands will protect you and also prevent lobsters from injuring themselves or other lobsters.  Although the claws are strong in the grasping position , they are week in the opposite direction. We suggest leaving the […]

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On occasion a lobster will drop its claw as a defense mechanism. This can happen in shipping and in the wild. Lobsters will battle other lobsters  over territorial rites. A lobster with only one claw is called a cull. Culls are often a good deal at the local lobster pound. It can take several molts […]


Soft shell is the term used for a newly molted lobster. Most adult lobsters  molt in July or August. Generally speaking, the firmer the lobster’s shell, the longer the lobster will live out of water. Hard shell lobsters generally live about 24-36 hours out of water; Soft shell lobsters can live anywhere from 3-15 hours […]


Lobsters come in just about every color but red. The shade varies a little from lobster to lobster, but they are a dark blue-green when alive. Live lobsters are greenish brown-black because of many different color pigment chromatophores. When they are cooked, all the pigments are masked except for astaxanthin, the red background pigment. The red […]