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Kinds of Lobster
More information about Lobster species from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 out of water. A soft shell lobster has a shell with room for growth. The part not filled with its body is filled with water. A lower price per pound reflects this. Six to eight weeks after molting, the hard shell name once again applies. Learn More about Hard-Shell Lobsters.
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, display two major differences. The New England lobster has claws on the first four legs, lacking in the spiny lobster. The spiny lobster has a pair of horns above the eyes, lacking in the true lobster. LobsterAnywhere only ships cold-water Maine lobsters, the tastier of the two.