We are heading out to spend the next three weeks along the Coast of Maine. While it will surely be beautiful, we've been warned boating from port to port is like walking through a mine field and we are bound to get a trap wrapped around our propeller (we have pods) So....Captain Tad is prepared!
A Bit of Lobsta (gotta be a local) Trivia
- When lobsters mate, the eggs aren’t fertilized right away. The female carries the male’s sperm and chooses when to fertilize her eggs. - You go, girl!
- Lobsters eat voraciously after molting, and will often consume their own recently emptied shells. Eating the old shell replenishes lost calcium and hastens the hardening of the new shell.
- Lobsters have teeth in their stomachs.
- The black line you see on the lobster’s tail is unfertilized eggs; you can eat them.
- Lobsters were once considered the poor man’s chicken. In Colonial times, it was fed to pigs and goats and only eaten by paupers.
- Lobsters were originally gathered by hand. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that lobster trapping became popular.
- A residential license in Maryland allows you to use two lobster pots to trap lobsters.
- Lobster is the main industry in Maine.
- The lobsterman’s day usually starts at 4:30 am and can go until dark.
- Lobstermen swear a lot! Nearly as much as truck drivers. hmmmm, maybe because of the above!
- There are around 6,000 licensed lobstermen in Maine and they place 3 million lobster pots along the coast of Maine.
- The waitlist for commercial licensing is 10-15 years. Over 200 people are on the list just waiting for someone to die off.
- Maine lobstermen have caught over 100 million pounds of lobster annually since 2011.
- Because of the above, the Maine coast is a buoy minefield.
- The line from the lobster cage to the buoy moves with the current, stretching across the water just waiting for a boater to pass over
- Tad is ready to take on the challenge!
- I'm not so sure....