• Rock or Spiny lobsters as they are also called, originate for the most part in warm water environments, such as Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. They don’t have the large front claws we so often associate with lobster, instead their identifiable features include hard shells and long antennae. There are more than 40 claw-less, warm and cold water species in the world, some of which can grow as large as 15 pounds with most weighing in at 1 to 5 pounds. These lobsters are the source of most frozen lobster tail available on most of the restaurants menus.
  • New England or Maine lobsters originate from cold water environments. These are the ones with the large front claws.  Maine lobsters outgrow their tails before they hit 2 pounds. The larger they grow, the more disproportionate their tail becomes when compared to the rest of their body. For example a 1 pound Maine species will yield only 5-6 ounces of tail meat, while a 1 pound New Zealand claw-less yields 7 – 8 ounces of tail meat. Because of this New England lobster tails are more expensive.