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10 Facts About Lobster You May Not Know

October 20, 2013 3 Comments

10 Lobster Facts

Everything You May or May Not Want to Know about Lobster

Lobsters are interesting creatures. Most of us think of them as an expensive dinner choice on special occasions but they weren’t always so popular with diners. They have been around a long time and can live a long time. What do they eat? Do they feel pain when cooked? What about those claws?

These are some of the facts you’ll learn about lobsters that you may not have known. Read on to learn more.

1. All Lobster Are Not The Same


When I think of lobster, I picture “clawed” lobster from cold water areas but there are clawless, warm water lobsters called spiny, langoustine or rock lobsters that look similar but are not really related.

According to National Geographic, “only a few of the hundreds of types of lobster are caught commercially. But those few species are some of the most heavily harvested creatures in the sea, and generate a multi-billion-dollar industry, with more than 200,000 tons  of annual global catch.”

Besides the best know American lobsters, here are just a few of the other types of lobster from around the world: European, Scampi, Crayfish, Rock Lobsters &Slipper Lobsters.

Online Sources: Lobster & Lobster Tails

So the old adage, "Buyer Beware" really rings true when it comes to buying live lobster . Unless you have a lot of disposable income, serving live lobster is an extravagant treat for a special occasion. Be careful to buy the best product you can afford so you don't end up with an inferior product.

Lobster Anywhere - Here's another company offering live lobsters from Maine, lobster tails, fresh seafood, chowders and bisque you may be interested in checking out.

The Crab Place - Know for their crabs but another good resource for live lobsters and other seafood.

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  1. Ruth says:

    As stated in one of the lobster fun facts, they will eat almost anything they can get their claws on including other lobsters and even humans, if given the chances. So, don’t feel too guilty if you steam and eat a lobster every now and then.

  2. Francois andre says:

    I can’t believe my luck…lobsters too…
    Having spent MANY a year dealing with are my lobster facts..
    1.You don’t have to turn a lobster upside down to tell if it’s male or female.Look at it from above.Look at the width of the tail.The female has a much wider tail than the male,it almost looks like she’s wearing a skirt !If you place a male and female next to each other,and compare,the difference will be quite evident.
    2.You can hypnotize a lobster ! (It must have been a slow day at work).It’s a little difficult to explain,but bare with me…Pick up your lobster,hold both his (or her,see previous fact)claws in your left hand,and his body ,head pointing down,in your right,and gently lower him onto a solid,cold surface.Spread his claws a little,to the left and right,to form a ‘sort of’ tripod.Then gently stroke a finger down his carapace,towards the spike above his eyes a few times.
    VOILA !! HE SLEEPS.He can be left like this for AGES.
    Like I said,slow day at work.
    3.Smoked lobster eggs have,in the past,been used as a poor mans caviar
    4.The crushing power of a large (7 Kg plus) lobster has to be seen to be believed.It can put you in hospital.I’ve seen it happen.
    5.The accepted,and humane way to kill a lobster,before putting it in the pot,is to drive a skewer through the mouth and into the brain.
    That’s all,for now.Francois andre,ex-prof chef.bye-bye

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