Why doesn’t this lobster have claws?

Not all lobsters have claws. In fact, there are 45 species of Rock or Spiny Lobsters (compared to 30 of Clawed Lobsters), where the succulent meat is only found in the tail.

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“Nothing between here and Antarctica!” Paul Richardson, Abalone diver. Image supplied by Paul Richardson.

Some of these rock lobsters grow in warm waters, but the Southern Rock lobsters grow in the pristine, icy cold waters emanating from the Antarctic, along the southern coast of Australia and around New Zealand. This makes the meat much sweeter than temperate climate rock lobsters, as the cold water keeps the meat from absorbing the salt in the water.

Rock lobster flesh is firm, with a sweet, rich taste.

The firm flesh also holds together well during most cooking methods.

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