Lobsters are fascinating creatures, and here you will find everything you wanted to know about them and more…

Terminology
Cull: A lobster with only one claw
Chicken lobster: Between 1 and 1-1/4 lbs.
Selects: Choice lobsters (the only kind served at Testa’s)
Tomalley: The greenish liver found in the body,
  considered a delicacy by many
Short:
A lobster below legal size
Trap, pot or poverty box: Names for the wooden
  or plastic coated wire trap used to catch lobsters

Scientific names
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Crustacea
Subclass: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda (ten feete)
Family: Nephropidae
Genus: Homarus
Species: Americanus

How big do lobsters grow?
There are records from Colonial days of lobsters 5 to 6 feet in length, but in recent years the largest recorded lobster was 3-1/2 feet long. It weighed in at 44 lbs., and was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1977. It takes a lobster close to 7 years to reach legal size of 3-1/4 inches from eye socket to beginning of tail. At this size, it weighs about 1 to 1-1/4 lbs.

How do lobsters see?
Nocturnal animals, they have very poor vision, but 50,000 to 100,000 sensory bristles give them a keen sense of touch, and ability to detect subtle chemical changes in the water—useful for finding food and mates.

Where do lobsters live?
Lobsters live offshore in winter and migrate annually, moving close to the rocky coast in summer. This is why you will frequently see buoys bobbing just a few feet from shore.

What is a berried lobster?
No, this isn’t lobster topped with blueberry sauce. A berried lobster is a female with her tail full of tiny (smaller than the head of a pin) black eggs. How many? 10,000 to 20,000, of which only about 10 will survive the first four weeks of life. One particularly bountiful female was found carrying 97,400 eggs at one time. We are impressed, both with her, and with the scientist who counted them.

Can a lobster be blue?
More uncommon than a blue moon, blue lobsters are said to occur only once in every ten thousands lobsters. Yellow and white lobsters have also been known.

No more lobster, please!
In the 1700s a typical servant’s contract included the clause that they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.

In 1623, the ship Anne arrived and was given the sorry feast of "a lobster, or a piece of fish, without bread or anything else but a cup of spring water.”

When man first put lobster on the menu is mercifully shrouded in mystery—it couldn’t have been a pretty sight watching him figure out how to eat the crawly things. But as early as 1571 they were a delicacy, for they were served in Paris at a banquet for Elizabeth of Austria.

How many ways are there to cook lobster?
Too many, but we can recommend a few…
Broiled or boiled
Baked stuffed
lobster au gratin
Lobster Thermidore
Lobster Newberg