Lobster [128/365]

FullSizeRender 20Yesterday was a rather miserable day, weather-wise, with a thick, grey cloud cover all day … drizzle on and off. Just as the sun was about to set, it was as if a big rift tore the cloud cover apart, and we got this warm, pink light for a brief moment. McDuff jumped up on a table and sat there, gazing at the sunset. I made an attempt to catch that lovely light in his fur, but as soon as I tried to sneak up on him, he jumped down. All I got was this, he’s hardly visible. 😞

IMG_1649-editedWe went out to buy lobster. They’re on sale because Mothers Day is coming up. $5,99 live, but he buys the cooked version. My husband loves his lobster, and I don’t, so he’ll get to keep them all to himself.

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Lobster boats going out to catch them

I read somewhere, that lobster have something … some kind of enzyme called telomerase … so nobody knows how old they can really get, if they weren’t killed … that the lobster would be immortal. This was circulating around the Web. In our grocery store, someone had even printed that text out, and put it on the lobster tank. I think it was there I read it the first time. Looking it up now though, it turns out lobsters aren’t immortal … they die too, just like us, but they can get rather old. Researchers have a hard time determining their age, but a 54-year-old female had been found in France. They can get very large too. One was caught in Nova Scotia in 1977, weighed 44 pounds, six ounces and measured 3.5 feet in length.

And here is a furry lobster I found and saved from the web a few years ago — just because it was cute. It was long time ago — I don’t remember at all what the news article said about it.

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45 Replies to “Lobster [128/365]”

  1. I love your view as much as McDuff apparently does – it’s such a beautifully atmospheric picture. Cats will never cooperate when one tries to shoot them… The lobster part of your post was new to me – I didn’t realise they get so old, unless they get eaten. I don’t recall ever eating a lobster – I think I would find it uncomfortable to prepare because it looks a bit too much like a creature. I like my meat chopped up into pieces so that I wouldn’t have to look it in the face 😮

    1. I’ve eaten it. I find it has a rubbery texture. They eat it with melted butter and sometimes garlic. Me too! I prefer my food chopped up so I can’t see what it was.

      If I’d had the ‘real’ camera handy, I could have gotten a nice picture of him there. The fur was sort of lit up in pink 🙂

      1. Rubbery texture? Doesn’t sound that good. At least I don’t feel I miss out on something. Except maybe salmon and shrimp, which I occasionally buy, but it’s luxury food here, owing to the fact that there is no sea.

        Now I’m imagining McDuff channelling his inner feminine side through his pink-lit fur 😉

        1. Yeah, rubbery. I don’t know what it is with me, because everybody seems to love it, and I can’t even stand the smell of it. I like shrimp and salmon very much. Very reasonably priced here.

          Awe, that’s a really cute thought 😻

            1. You did?!! Good for you! I haven’t managed to acquire the taste for it.

              When they boil the maple syrup, out in the sugar shacks, they take some of it, put it out on the snow so that it freezes up. It’s called taffy, and that, I actually do like.

              1. Too bad I probably won’t get hold of the taffy thing here. I had maple syrup with pancakes, and I found it delicious. I could have a latte with maple syrup. That should be the next thing. Let’s ditch the stupid and probably disgusting pumpkin latte and let’s go Canadian.

                  1. It’s impossible to invent anything new these days. I researched into coffee shops in my area, and there is nothing of interest. No speciality coffee here. Not even in Starbucks, which isn’t in my town anyway. I did look at what they have on the coffee menu here and there was just the usual. I thought Starbucks makes fancy coffee. Maybe just not here. Of course we have no Tim Hortons.

                    1. Starbucks makes very fancy coffee drinks. Tim Hortons is the most Canadian thing of all. In our little city, there are 19 Tim Hortons, to be compared to 4 Starbucks. Our nearest Tim Hortons is a 365/24/7, and no matter what time of night I wake up, there are always cars there! (It’s a drive-thru) People seem to drink coffee like mad here. They walk around the supermarkets, holding coffee mugs! 🙂

                    2. We should probably stop talking about Canada because my desire to emigrate to a place where people walk around with coffee mugs is getting stronger each day.

                    3. Ha ha! It really struck me in Stockholm — nobody was walking around with coffee cups in their hands. I was about to buy coffee, but realised I would have looked out of place. Not that I cared, but it was then it really dawned on me 🙂

                    4. Anti-drinking laws strike me as ridiculous as anti-smoking laws. Which just reminded me of when I flew to Heathrow a few years ago and wanted to have a smoke in front of the airport building – and there were boxes made of sheer plastic material, much like bus shelters, where smokers were herded and enclosed while smoking.

                    5. Yeah, they don’t make any sense to me at all. I found a room in Heathrow! It was green … everything was green in there. Next time I got there, it was gone. Instead there was some type of cramped little ‘cubicle’ or whatever [it was rounded, though], with a huge suction fan in the centre. It was very crowded, talk about ‘elbow to elbow’, we were like sardines in there. But, I got a smoke in, at least. That’s more than I can say about many other airports. Reykjavik, Iceland is great. They have a nice, glassed in, balcony.

                    6. I know what you mean, I’ve been to such a smoking cubicle too – extremely cramped and smelling nasty. I did have a smoke there but I didn’t much enjoy it. Not to mention the humilitation – the cubicle was on a slightly raised platform and was made of transparent material. It was like a modern day pillory. Iceland’s smoking solution sounds wonderful.

                    7. Iceland’s is excellent! There are little tables there, so you can bring your coffee or beer … people usually talk with one another, while watching aircrafts landing or taking off.

                    8. I’ve heard great things about Iceland from people who have been there. It’s one of the countries that I’d actually like to visit – and the list is short, since I don’t like travelling.

                    9. If you go there, you’ll just want to go back over and over … and this coming from a person who has only spent eleven hours there. It’s so special, and I don’t like travelling either.

                    10. Now I’m hooked… I can’t afford travelling now, but maybe the tables will turn one day, so I’ll have my bucket list ready…

                    11. I didn’t see much, but just the 45 min. taxi ride into town, did it for me. It’s something about that island that just keep tugging my strings … The landscape looks almost burnt, and desolate — guess that appeals to me 🙂

    1. Yeah, you see what could have become of that photo 🙂 and I do know that artist. Something like that I had in mind, when I tried to sneak up, but his ears are too good.

  2. I don’t like the look of lobsters but I sure like the taste (as I seem to remember). It has been a long, long time. It’s not as readily available (or affordable) on the west coast as it is for you. Too bad you don’t like it, since you have it available right there.

  3. There is a little of that pink light on his shoulder – I know it’s not what you saw – but the whole shot has that lovely sunset glow and it is lovely. Lol, I’d wondered what his ears were “focused” on; funny that it was you. Would he have stayed put if he just thought you were going somewhere in the room (without trying to sneak up)?
    Sure hope that massive lobster was returned to the ocean, once it’d been measured; such awesome genetics!
    And that “rubbery” lobster you had… Had it been broiled, by any chance? ‘Cause it’s really easy to overcook seafood and turn it tough): give it another try only have it whole & boiled. If done properly, it should be tender, juicy and totally delectable: )

      1. About McDuff’s ears: When there’s the slightest chance I’m nearing the kitchen, then he’d jump down, because there might be a chance of a couple of candy/treats.

    1. They found another one, a couple of years ago, in NS … size of a toddler, it said. It was returned to the ocean after photographs were taken.

      I don’t remember. I’ve tried twice. Additionally, I don’t like the act of eating it. But as I said here below, I love it in a seafood chowder!

        1. Sometimes I pull myself together and make one myself. The one they serve in St. Martin is scrumptious. G. thinks mine is just as good, but I don’t.

  4. Lovely photo of McDuff! 🙂

    And what a strange fluffy lobster! Yes cute in a way! Never seen or heard of a fluffy lobster before!

    Oh I do not like lobster either! Or crayfish!! I used to love shrimps but haven’t eaten any for a while now. For some weird reason, I have got this feeling I might get an allergic reaction these days if I eat them. As I have noticed I get more food allergies the older I get… 😦 And shrimps is something you can get a serious reaction from….

    1. I know! I got a reaction when I was young, and there were many years I didn’t touch shrimp. Then I tried again, and it was okay. I’m thankful.

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