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Lobster Trivia and Fun Facts
Interesting facts and tidbits about one of the most delicious seafoods around.
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 fishery.
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?
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.
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 warmer waters.
You guessed it. A Male lobster is called a cock.
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.
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.
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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.
Maine iconic license plate featuring a bright red lobster was designed by elementary school children in 1987.
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
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 much as 45 pounds! Officially, the largest lobster ever caught weighed 44 pounds.
To get away in a hurry, the lobster swims backwards by vigorously flipping its tail and can escape quickly by swimming this way.