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.
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.
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.
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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.
No offense, but I hope giving that nice bug away at least somehow translated into you getting some "tail"
Can someone please throw a jug for me. -Rob Wolfe
Rob, that is a cool bug, and all in 1 piece too!! No trail of tears from the battle. Quite a haul.
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.
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.
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
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.
very cool story
Thats bad ass a nice catch got you in paper.
thats really cool !!! way to go rob
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?