What are Maine Lobsters?

The true Maine lobster is a cold water lobster, known officially as Homarus americanus (literally, “American Lobster”).   Cold water lobsters, which are distinguished by their two large claws, have whiter meat than warm water lobsters, and they are what people think of when they talk about Maine lobster or Boston lobster.

Cold Water Lobster - Steamed
Cold Water Lobster – Steamed
Cold Water Lobster
Cold Water Lobster – Live

The Maine lobster is a crustacean with five sets of legs and two large claws; a larger crusher claw, and a smaller ripper claw. They are found in the cold waters of the Atlantic coast from the Canadian Maritime provinces as far south as the Virginia and North Carolina, but are most common — and famous — in the waters off Maine. About half the catch of cold water lobster in North America comes from Maine.

Maine lobsters are available as hard shell lobsters, which are generally purchased as live lobsters for delivery, and soft shell lobsters, or shedder lobsters, which are are sweeter, but contain less meat and cannot survive long-distance shipping, and so are generally eaten only close to where they are caught.

Warm Water Lobsters

A real Maine lobster is a very different creature from a warm water lobster, which is often used for frozen lobster tails.  Warm water lobsters, sometimes known as spiny lobsters or rock lobsters, are not actually closely related to the cold water lobster.

Warm Water Lobster
Warm Water Lobster


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  2. @ Barbara:

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    Sorry we can’t help… since obviously we love seafood as much as you do!

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