Spearfishing Planet Store
Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Largest Carribean spiny lobster in captivity?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Charleston SC
    Posts
    118
    Than/ks (Given)
    4
    Than/ks (Received)
    4
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    11

    Default Largest Carribean spiny lobster in captivity?

    Anyone know what the largest spiney in captivity is? I donated a 10 pound male lobster to the SC aquarium and trying to find out if it is the largest.
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Rob Harding ............Charleston Diving.com
    Fish not Biting? Try a fast presentation of spring steel

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    272
    Than/ks (Given)
    2
    Than/ks (Received)
    1
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    4

    Default

    Rob how did you manage to keep that bug so intact (legs, antenna) and alive? He is a real 'beaut....very cool. I always wondered why Florida lobster (for consumption) are never displayed in a tank or kept alive for freshness. I notice if the lobster is dead it only takes one day in the crisper to get that black taint that is their "blood". I notice a difference in taste and the appearance certainly suffers. You would think for the $14-$17/lb that they charge for Florida bugs they could do something to deliver a better product to the consumer. They must be hard to keep alive or the costs of doing so must be prohibitive but that is just a guess. I will check around and see if I can find a answer to your original question. Awesome bug and very cool contribution to your local aquarium.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Winter Garden, FL
    Posts
    495
    Than/ks (Given)
    1
    Than/ks (Received)
    2
    Likes (Given)
    6
    Likes (Received)
    4

    Default

    I saw an 18 pounder in a tank on display in a restaurant twenty years ago. I know it was 20 years ago because it was on our honeymoon and we just celebrated 20 years of wedded bliss yesterday. It was on Saint Croix, VI.
    You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
    There is no reality, only perception ...
    Fishing is like sex, you don't have to be good at it to enjoy it.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Offshore Sebastian Inlet
    Posts
    4,049
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Apex View Post
    Rob how did you manage to keep that bug so intact (legs, antenna) and alive? He is a real 'beaut....very cool. I always wondered why Florida lobster (for consumption) are never displayed in a tank or kept alive for freshness. I notice if the lobster is dead it only takes one day in the crisper to get that black taint that is their "blood". I notice a difference in taste and the appearance certainly suffers. You would think for the $14-$17/lb that they charge for Florida bugs they could do something to deliver a better product to the consumer. They must be hard to keep alive or the costs of doing so must be prohibitive but that is just a guess. I will check around and see if I can find a answer to your original question. Awesome bug and very cool contribution to your local aquarium.

    Emil, I think its probably a cost issue. Its certainly much cheaper to immediately wring/ice/sell or freeze/sell the bugs than it is to keep them alive. I think they pay for that cost for the maine lobster, just as a novelty thing with restaurants. These are my thoughts, and I could be wrong.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    1,067
    Than/ks (Given)
    3
    Than/ks (Received)
    12
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    51

    Default

    Rob,

    No offense, but I hope giving that nice bug away at least somehow translated into you getting some "tail"


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Jacksonville
    Posts
    979
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by inletsurf View Post
    Emil, I think its probably a cost issue. Its certainly much cheaper to immediately wring/ice/sell or freeze/sell the bugs than it is to keep them alive. I think they pay for that cost for the maine lobster, just as a novelty thing with restaurants. These are my thoughts, and I could be wrong.
    There is a dip that is used in the shrimp industry, it can be purchased at local fish houses. The dip counteracts the iodine in the lobsters/shrimp that turns them black. Every shrimp you've ever eaten that you didn't catch yourself has most likely been dipped. It does not affect the flavor of the meat in anyway. I know because I've eaten both, it's a cosmetic thing.
    Can someone please throw a jug for me. -Rob Wolfe

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    3,805
    Than/ks (Given)
    2
    Than/ks (Received)
    3
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Megabeast View Post
    There is a dip that is used in the shrimp industry, it can be purchased at local fish houses. The dip counteracts the iodine in the lobsters/shrimp that turns them black. Every shrimp you've ever eaten that you didn't catch yourself has most likely been dipped. It does not affect the flavor of the meat in anyway. I know because I've eaten both, it's a cosmetic thing.
    Iodine?? I hear that stuff cures everything.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Hollywood
    Posts
    235
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    This one is fenced off from the public in Islamorada.


    Last edited by Seaweed; 09-07-2007 at 12:07 AM.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Landlocked in Maryland
    Posts
    306
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    2

    Default

    Rob, that is a cool bug, and all in 1 piece too!! No trail of tears from the battle. Quite a haul.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    297
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    2

    Default

    Awesome! I'll have to look out for it when I'm at the aquarium next time. I'm a volunteer diver there, so I should be able to go find it back in quarrantine.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Charleston SC
    Posts
    118
    Than/ks (Given)
    4
    Than/ks (Received)
    4
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    11

    Default

    The Post and Courier did a story on the lobster I caught and donated to the
    SC Aquarium. They Cheesed it up a bit but still pretty cool.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2007/sep/07/aquarium_acquire_monster_sea15173/

    Aquarium to acquire monster of the sea
    By Bo Petersen (Contact)
    The Post and Courier
    Friday, September 7, 2007

    Spiny lobster weighing in at 10 pounds destined for display, not dinner

    Rob Harding
    Provided

    Diver Rob Harding holds the 10-pound Caribbean spiny lobster he donated to the S.C. Aquarium.

    Whoa, put down the lobster fork. This delectably plump, 10-pound decapod is on its way to a display tank.

    The Caribbean spiny lobster caught the eye of deep-water diver Rob Harding of Mount Pleasant over the weekend — off the coast 150 feet down as Harding swam after a hogfish along a rock ledge.

    "He was just out there walking on the ledge like he didn't have a care in the world," Harding said.

    The diver always has his eye out for a big, tasty lobster. But he also has a son, Ryan, 5, who loves the South Carolina Aquarium and can pop off the species names of fish.

    On visits with Ryan, Harding noticed that the aquarium had only one lobster on display, and it's a smaller one.

    With the tip of his spear gun he tickled the huge shellfish back against a rock wall, then gently nabbed it. It was too big to fit in his lobster bag, so he wrapped the bag around the squirming lobster and headed for the surface.

    As a rule, the aquarium doesn't take donated creatures, said spokeswoman Beth Nathan, but a singular specimen will get considered.

    "Wow," said biologist Shannon Teders when she got her first look at the lobster.

    Spiny lobsters larger than 10 pounds are reported, said Tom Matthews, a researcher for the Fish and Wildlife Commission in Florida, where most of the lobsters are found. "But it certainly is large."

    A spokesman at Hyman's Seafood Co. restaurant said its average-size lobster is about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds.

    Ryan's lobster is in quarantine for about a month. The aquarium is looking at options to display it.

    Harding is grinning ear to ear.

    He can't wait for Ryan to see "his" lobster. He also speared the hogfish.

    On a later dive he took aim at another hogfish and realized the crusted arch it swam under was an anchor taller than Harding is. He thinks he found an unknown, early 1800s shipwreck.

    "Absolutely amazing discovery," he said.
    Rob Harding ............Charleston Diving.com
    Fish not Biting? Try a fast presentation of spring steel

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Crystal River
    Posts
    1,619
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    1

    Default

    very cool story

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Oahu
    Posts
    30
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    Thats bad ass a nice catch got you in paper.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Venice where I grew up !!!!
    Posts
    1,799
    Than/ks (Given)
    37
    Than/ks (Received)
    8
    Likes (Given)
    159
    Likes (Received)
    24

    Default very cool

    thats really cool !!! way to go rob

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    1
    Than/ks (Given)
    0
    Than/ks (Received)
    0
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default

    Very nice lobster and very classy to donate it!

    The giant anchor sounds very intriguing!!! Maybe we can check that out next time me and Barney come up. Is that the wreck you named after your friend?

    Joe

Similar Threads

  1. New 4' Killshot Metal Art Spiny Lobster
    By hogsniper in forum Announcements
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 08-28-2011, 08:22 PM
  2. Intelligent Mammals in Captivity
    By Seatux in forum General Off Topic
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-31-2010, 06:10 PM
  3. Spiny lobster harvest season closes April 1
    By Rss Feeder in forum FWC News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-27-2009, 03:50 PM
  4. Best spearfishing in the carribean
    By hog hunter 12 in forum Caribbean
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-10-2007, 03:08 PM
  5. FWC Spiny Lobster Ad Hoc Advisory Board
    By cavehunter in forum Florida East Coast
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 11-08-2007, 05:17 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •