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Fresh Maine Lobsters

Updated on July 28, 2015

The Maine lobster is the ocean's preciously crusty scrumptious crustacean, and they hatch from eggs that are no lager than that of the head of a pin. Thousands of lobster eggs are held together with a jelly like glue substance, which are suspended from the female lobster's tail. It takes about a month before the little lobster starts looking like a lobster. They look more like an insect with no claws than a lobster. Many of those little baby lobsters end up as fish food. Most of the lobster's youth is spent in hiding on the bottom of the ocean. Lobster's are lured into lobster traps with the promise of food, and they come out of the ocean in an array of different colors, but they all turn red when they are cooked.

Blue's not exactly the color most that people image for a lobster.
Blue's not exactly the color most that people image for a lobster.

20 Interesting fun facts about New England's delicacy the Maine lobster (Lick your lips and get ready)

1. There are around 6,000 licensed lobstermen in the state of Maine.

2. The law states that the lobster boats all must match the colors painted on the lobsterman's buoys.

3. The lobstermen must catch at least 150 pounds of lobster just to cover the cost of bait and fuel.

4. There are around three million lobster traps in the state of Maine's waters.

5. The lobsterman can only set out 800 lobster traps at any one given time.

6. The tasty lobster was considered poor man's protein at one time, but with today's high cost of lobster that's certainly not the case any longer.

7. The law states that for the lobsterman to be able to legally keep the lobster a measurement must be made with a gauge placed between the eye socket and the end of the large body shell.

8. The lobster's diet includes crabs, mussels, fish, clams, sea urchins, as well as other lobsters.

9. The lobster's teeth are located inside of the lobster's stomach.

10. It takes 5 one pound lobsters to make just one pound of meat.

11. Lobsters can swim forwards and backwards using their tails.

12. Lobsters can live up to 100 years of age.

13. Three and a half ounces of lobster meat only has 96 calories, and two grams of fat. Talk about watching your weight!

14. Lobster's have the ability to regenerate their legs, antennae, and their claws.

15. In the state of Maine the commercial fishing for lobsters is now a $1.8 billion industry

16. Forget about Happy Meals, Big Macs, and McChickens at Mcdonalds. This fast food restaurant in the state of Maine exclusively serves lobster rolls on their menus.

17. Lobsters were once so plentiful back in the early 1800's that you could just go and gather them up by hand from the shoreline.

18. One of the weaknesses of a lobster is that they have poor eyesight, but on the other hand a lobster has great sense of smell.

19. After a storm up to thousands of lobsters have been seen forming into columns and migrating in search of a new home. This is referred to by lobstermen as the lobster march, not to be confused by the song "Rock Lobster" by the musical group the B-52's.

20. A good authority reports that the world's finest lobster comes from out of the water's of the state of Maine. Of coarse that good authority is a local Maine lobsterman named Brian.

The Lazy Lobster in Bar Harbor, Maine has every lobster delicacy that you desire!
The Lazy Lobster in Bar Harbor, Maine has every lobster delicacy that you desire!

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How lobstermen catch a lobster without even leaving the dock

Some lobstermen probably wish it was this easy to catch lobsters.
Some lobstermen probably wish it was this easy to catch lobsters.

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      Amy - very very busy 7 months ago

      This is a wonderful, very interesting piece. The title is direct and to the point. The reader knows exactly what they will be getting out of the piece. I love lobster but can very rarely afford it. I was fascinated by your topic and began to read right away to find out more. You launch into the piece without introduction or preamble. This grabs all the reader's attention and focuses it completely on the topic and the piece. They will read to the last word. You have done your research. You are conversant with your topic and easily make it comprehensible for your reader. The length is perfect. You completely develop your topic without belaboring the issue and making the article tedious.

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      The Clean Witch 19 months ago from SACO, MAINE

      Great hub! I'm a lifetime Maine and it taught me many things I didn't know.

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      I agree with you completely pstraubie48, and I feel the same way about wanting to set them free as well.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes lobster is divine but I do admit...every time I go into a market where there are live ones I want to buy them all and set them free

      So much I did not know about this creature is found right here in your hub.Well done....shared pinned g+ tweeted

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Nice hub and has true facts. Maine has the best lobster. Massachusetts is also wonderful. Love the lobster but hate the winters. Stella

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      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      Lobster is also plentiful in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and there are plenty of local pounds and restaurants on the smaller state coastlines as well as inland away from the colder Atlantic shore. Love New England lobstah.

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      bankscottage 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great Hub. I'm at our camp in Maine right now. Live lobster about $5.50-5.75/pound. Had a 1 lb lobster and ear of corn last night for $9.99. Helped my friend pull his non-commercial traps today. Only had one lobster in them, but it was a big one. You know the lobster is fresh when you put the rubber bands on it.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Lobster meat!!!! One of my most favorite foods to eat. The thought of it's teeth in this stomach is disconcerting but I'll forget it. lol I never saw a blue lobster, it's too pretty to eat. No wonder lobsters are so delicious, they eat all delicious foods. lol Thanks for sharing. I voted up and awesome.

      Blessings to you.

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      David Lawrence Roderick 2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Thanks writing about Maine!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have not had a lobster in Maine, but it is highl on the bucket list.

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      David B Katague 2 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      Main Lobsters and coconut lobsters( crab) are two of my favorite dishes, Very informative hub, voted up.

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      GlenR 2 years ago from UK

      Love lobster, but it's very expensive. A few years ago, holidaying in Jersey (Channel Islands) it was on restaurant menus at a reasonable price. I ate it for lunch on 4 consecutive days (but, sadly, the lobsters were very small).

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I need to move to Maine. Lobster is my favourite seafood, but I can rarely afford it and it in't readily available here anyway. Interesting and mouth watering hub.

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      Daphne D. Lewis 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      I've always wanted to have lobster in Maine but haven't been able to travel there yet. It's on my list of future vacations. Loved the lobster facts!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I wonder what it would take to convince my local Florida McDonalds to start serving lobster rolls. That would make me a very happy camper.