by Trevor Corson, 2004 Harper Collins Publishers
Written by journalist Trevor Corson, who spent a short but observant time in the field on a lobster boat, this well researched book approaches the life and ecology of the American Lobster from a variety of viewpoints. Starting with personable introductions to some of Little Cranberry Island, Maine’s lobstermen and their boats, setting traps along the coast. Offset by the scientists who studied lobsters in laboratory tanks, and on research vessels large and small, including manned submersibles and a robotic lobster researched by the US Navy, both the commercial and scientific tools of the trade are presented in fascinating details. From Francis H. Herrick in 1895 til cutting edge computer modeled larva distribution patterns, there is much to be learned about the biology and ecology of the Maine Lobster and it’s human predators, who are also it’s most concerned conservators. Their molting and reproductive habits, their larval stage, which holds a few surprises, as well as social behavior is all revealed. This book was a great look into a little known world. I could have used a few more recipes at the end but sometimes the simplest way to cook a lobster is the best way.