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 Hairy Lobster
picture 9 Mar 2006 @ 23:12, by Jose Overalles

A new species of lobster (or lobstah, as we say up heah in New Hampshah) has been found more than a mile down in the South Pacific. Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California organised the expedition that found them. This particular lobster is so distinct from other species that scientists have created a new taxonomic family for it. The lobster's pincers are covered with hair-like strands.

The foster parental units retired to the coast of Maine years ago, and one of the great things about visiting them was that all of their neighbors were lobtermen, and they were always getting free culls from them. So whenever we visited, there was always one night at least when we had a lobster feast. Lobster's got to be one of my favorite foods. Yumm. When he passed away, she sold the house and moved into the winter home in Florida full time. I sure do miss all of that free fresh lobster. Well, I do get a case of oranges and grapefruits mailed to me every winter, so I guess that's something...

Did you know that in colonial times, lobster wasn't as revered a food as it is now? It was plentiful though, and was fed to the slaves. Yes, lobster once was slave food. For all of the hardships of slavery, it must have been quite a laugh for the slaves that they got to eat lobster all of the time. Or maybe not. I remember a 5th grade teacher when I was a kid who's husband was a fireman. Before he was a fireman he was a lobsterman, and I remember her telling us how much she HATED lobster because, well, sometimes, heck most times, that was all they ate for dinner. So I guess it's all a matter of taste. I know a few people that can't even bear to watch someone eat them. They say it's like eating bugs. And then there's the humanity issue because you've got to drop them into the boiling pot of water while they're alive. I don't care though, the taste is worth it.

The new family of lobster's name is Kiwa hirsuta. Kiwa, for the goddess of crustaceans in Polynesian mythology. Hirsuta for, well, just look at the pic and you'll understand.

Boy, all of those hairs would soak up alot of butter.

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