1. Did you know that lobsters shed their shells at least once a year? The shell is the only s way to gauge the exact age of a lobster. Although only speculation, some believe that lobsters in unfarmed areas can reach as much as 120 years in age. These areas can be as far out as 30 miles off the coast of Maine.
2. Did you know that the combination of rocky coast and strong wave action help keep this purification process in check. This is one reason why lobsters from Maine are the sweetest and most succulent in the world.
3. Did you know that the largest lobsters that we know of or have seen have weighed 35 to 40 lbs.? There have been lobsters known to be caught up to 45 lbs. Extra-large lobsters usually find their way to museums or aquariums for future generations to enjoy.
4. Did you know that lobsters are least expensive in the summer when there are many people fishing and soft-shell lobsters are available?
5. Did you know lobsters have different pigments in their shells and come in a variety of colors? Fishermen have been known to bring in blue, yellow, red and spotted live lobsters. Usually, when lobsters are hard-shelled, their shells are a darker color.
6. Did you know that the green stuff inside of the lobsters is known as tomale (or tomalley) and it is the liver of the lobster? Many people consider it a delicacy and use it for flavoring. You will sometimes find a waxy red substance in the tomale, this is the roe (also known as coral) and it is edible as well.
7. Did you know that depending on the type and size of the lobsters used it generally takes either 5 to 6 pounds of soft-shell lobsters or 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 pounds of hard-shell lobsters to make a pound of lobster meat.
8. Did you know that Lobstermen have a language all their own. Such as a hen is a female lobster, a lobster which weighs about one pound is referred to as a chicken lobster and a lobster without claws is a lobster pistol.
9. Did you know that it takes lobsters an average of 5 to 7 years (depending on the water temperature) to grow to the legal size and they grow more slowly as they get larger. Therefore a lobster that weighs 3 pounds is approximately 15-20 years old, and a 25-pound lobster would be approximately 75-100 years old.
10. Did you know lobsters have different pigments in their shells and come in a variety of colors? Fishermen have been known to bring in blue, yellow, red and spotted live lobsters. Usually, when lobsters are hard-shelled, their shells are a darker color.
11. Did you know that lobster fishermen may fish year round? However, most fishermen either do not fish in the winter, or they fish for other products such as shrimp and sea clams.
12. Did you know that when you cook hard-shell lobsters, their shells will turn a brick red color and sometimes black, whereas soft-shelled lobsters, when cooked, are a bright red color.