Everyone loves lobster. It goes as well with candlelight and champagne as it does with sunshine and beer. But have you ever wondered about the secret lives of these tasty crustaceans? Lobsters are as fascinating as they are delicious.
Prisoners and Goats
Lobsters weren’t always the luxury food they are today. In colonial times, Lobsters were so plentiful along the New England coast that they would wash ashore in piles and were gathered by hand and fed to prisoners, servants and goats. Lobster did not begin to be treated as a luxury food until the advent of train travel. Train workers realized that they could serve lobster to passengers because it was plentiful and cheap. Midwesterners, unaware of the negative stigma attached to these crustaceans, believed they were eating a decadent food and began requesting lobster even when they weren’t on the train. Now lobster has gone from a prison food so despised that it was considered cruel to serve more than three times per week, to the most requested meal on death row.
Though most lobsters are either blue-black or greenish-brown, genetic and environmental factors can create some showstopping color variations. These include: blue (1 in 2 million lobsters); bright red (1 in 10 million); yellow (1 in 30 million); two-colored (1 in 50 million); and albino, aka “crystal lobsters” (1 in 100 million).
All Mixed Up
A lobster’s brain is located in its throat, its nervous system in its abdomen, its heart on its back, its teeth in its stomach, and its kidneys in its head. And if all that is not weird enough, Lobsters pee out of their faces—specifically, from glands located right under their eyes. Squirting urine at each other is part of both lobster combat and courtship.
Lobsters will keep growing till they die. It isn't unusual to find lobsters of 15-20 pounds! The largest lobster on record weighed in at 44 pounds but scientists have no idea how big they can get.
Fore real! Lobster shells are used to form the core of some golf balls. Since this type of ball is biodegradable it is used on cruise ships and courses near oceans and lakes. So now that summer is just around the corner, dust off that grill and fire some Wild Maine Lobster Tails. And crack a cold one, naturally.