A colourful display of lobster floats or buoys hang outside a house in Maine, New England. The photograph is by W.G.Bieber who posts on Pixabay.
The American or Canadian lobster (depending which side of the border you’re on) is the heaviest crustacean in the world. Adults are between 8–24 inches long and usually weigh between 1–9 pounds (0.45–4.08 kg). The Guinness Book of Records has recorded one at 44 lb (20 kg). If you can’t picture that, and I have difficulty, the average four year old child is about 40 pounds….
Every Stephen King fan knows a lot about the State of Maine (not all of it true, thankfully) as the thriller writer sets nearly all his stories in his home state. It’s a good location as there are still uninhabited regions. John Irving’s novel The Cider House Rules was also set in Maine.
Five things you probably didn’t know about Maine
- It’s the least densely population of all the New England states (1.5 million at the 2015 census) but it’s bigger than all the five New England states put together.
- Two million people visit Maine’s National Park every year.
- There are more moose per square mile than anywhere in the USA, apart from Alaska.
- It has a lot of haunted inns and lighthouses (discover them here)
- Maine’s coastline has so many deep harbours all the Navy fleets in the world could anchor there at the same time. (I’m taking that on trust and hoping someone has actually worked it out….)