Jump to navigation. The American lobster also known as the Maine lobster is a large-bodied, clawed lobster that supports a large, lucrative fishery throughout its range. The American lobster reaches weights of at least 45 pounds 20 kg , and is the largest crustacean in the world by weight. Along with true crabs, prawns, and other lobsters, the American lobster is a decapod; it has ten legs, and it is covered with a spiny exoskeleton that provides it some protection from potential predators.
Jump to navigation. American lobster, unlike most invertebrates, have teeth. In Massachusetts, some servants fought against this by having it added to their contracts that they would not be feed lobster more than three times a week. American lobsters are the largest crustacean in the world by weight, growing to lengths of around 80 centimetres and weighing more than 18 kilograms. Like all other crustaceans, they have a hard exoskeleton, or outer shell. The exoskeleton of American lobsters is a dark, rusty brown to olive green and is flecked with red, orange and black. However, there are rare cases of bright blue lobsters, bright green, or others that are perfectly divided down the middle with different colours on each side of their body.
American lobster is caught year-round in the United States, peaking in summer and early fall. In Canada, seasons vary but generally landings peak in May and June and once again in December. The best time to buy is in May when the Canadian Gulf of St. Lawrence fishery opens and summer demand has not started. Post-Labor Day can be good because landings from Maine are strong and summer demand has dropped.
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