Known for its abundance of sweet, white lobster meat, Maine has become known as the lobster capital of the world. Maine lobsters have become a much sought after treasure of the sea around the world. The lobsters caught off the coast of Maine are available for shipping to any part of the world. Live lobsters from Maine are an absolute treat and the wonders of modern, overnight shipping make receiving the tasty crustaceans possible. There are a number of entities in Maine that sell and ship live lobsters from their tanks to your home or lobster fans may choose to purchase the lobsters and ship on their own.
The key to successfully ship live lobsters is to make sure they are kept cool and moist during the trip. The cooler the lobster is during shipping the less oxygen they will use and the death of lobsters during shipping is usually due to lack of oxygen. Keeping the lobsters moist during shipping is necessary because the gills, which allow the lobster to breathe, need moisture to function. Properly handled, lobsters are able to live out of water for 4 or 5 days.
Shipping lobsters from Maine is not a difficult process, but there are a few rules and safety tips that apply. The shipping temperature should be 32 to 40 degrees and the lobsters should be stored at temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees prior to shipping. Keep in mind that a lobster will freeze at 29 degrees. Do not feed the lobsters before shipping as a lobster with a full stomach will use more oxygen.
Multiple lobsters should be packed snugly, but not tightly. Tightly packed lobsters will deplete oxygen quickly, and shells could be damaged during transit. An insulated, water tight box, such as a Styrofoam container, with individual compartments is best for shipping. Place cold gel or ice packs wrapped in paper towel or newspaper on the bottom of the container and cover them with newspaper or seaweed moistened with seawater. Place the cover on the box, securing it with string or tape. Put the insulated container in the shipping box and poke several holes in the shipping box.
The box should be marked -perishable- or -live lobsters- and the top should be noted -this side up.- Always ship live lobsters via an overnight shipping company to make sure they are live when they arrive. Lobsters can survive in a properly packed box for 2 or 3 days. The shipping company will supply appropriate shipping boxes for live lobsters. There are a number of companies, restaurants and seafood suppliers that will pack and ship live lobsters anywhere in the world. Orders can be placed online, by telephone or in person. Customers can choose the date of delivery to make sure the recipient is at home and often time cooking instructions as well as appropriate pots can be included.