CRITTER: There’s an easy way to determine the sex of lobsters

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    The female tufted lobster has extra tail appendages to hold eggs.

  • Photos by Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    LEFT: The male tufted lobster has a smaller tail than the female. RIGHT: The female tufted lobster has extra tail appendages to hold eggs.

There are many rules and regulations about catching lobsters for food, depending what part of the world you live in. Many countries and the state of Hawai‘i have lobster seasons, and also forbid the taking of female lobsters. The problem is most people do not know how to sex a lobster!

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