The Maine lobster is the heaviest crustacean in the world, weighing up to 44 pounds in extreme cases. At up to two feet in length, it is also one of the longest members of the order Decapoda.
Maine lobsters have hard shells, segmented tails, and a front pair of legs that has been evolved into claws – one larger one for crushing its prey animals, and a smaller claw for cutting and gripping. The larger claw may be either left or right; like humans, lobsters have a dominant “claw” that they favor, and this claw is the larger one.
While most people probably think of lobsters as red, this usually only happens during the cooking process. Live lobsters with red coloration are extremely rare. Other rare colorations include blue, yellow, and orange. In the rarest of circumstances, lobsters may be completely lacking in pigment and appear white (known as leucistic), or they may be “split” with the left and right halves of the animal being two completely different colors.
The most common coloration of the Maine lobster is a bluish green, or brown. They may also have a scattering of red, yellow, and blue areas in different parts of their body.