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Maine Lobster Photographs | Slide Show

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Lobstermen utilize a recirculating tank to hold their catch until they reach market

Lobstermen utilize a recirculating tank to hold their catch until they reach market

Heading out of Portland Harbor on the Lucky Catch toward Casco Bay and the day's first haul

Heading out of Portland Harbor on the Lucky Catch toward Casco Bay and the day's first haul

Lobstermen use a gauge to determine the size of each creature.  Legal sizes range from a minimum of 3-1/4 inches to maximum of five inches. The lobster is measured from the eye socket to the back, where the tail joins the body

Lobstermen use a gauge to determine the size of each creature. Legal sizes range from a minimum of 3-1/4 inches to maximum of five inches. The lobster is measured from the eye socket to the back, where the tail joins the body

Gender identification is another important aspect of lobstering. Those lobsters carrying eggs must be marked with a notched V in the right flipper and returned to the water

Gender identification is another important aspect of lobstering. Those lobsters carrying eggs must be marked with a notched V in the right flipper and returned to the water

To determine the sex of a lobster lobstermen look for what are called swimmerets (abdominal appendages) on the underside of the lobster. Female lobsters are soft and feathery and male lobsters are hard and bony. Reproductive females are returned to the ocean to ensure lobster stocks remain strong

To determine the sex of a lobster lobstermen look for what are called swimmerets (abdominal appendages) on the underside of the lobster. Female lobsters are soft and feathery and male lobsters are hard and bony. Reproductive females are returned to the ocean to ensure lobster stocks remain strong

To ensure that live lobsters don't injure one another in the storage tanks, lobstermen band the claws together

To ensure that live lobsters don't injure one another in the storage tanks, lobstermen band the claws together

Hauling a trap on board the Lucky Catch

Hauling a trap on board the Lucky Catch

Several freshly caught lobsters

Several freshly caught lobsters

One of the day's catch ready to be sized to determine if it's is a keeper. It takes, on average, seven years for a lobster to reach its legal catch size (1-1 1/4 pounds)

One of the day's catch ready to be sized to determine if it's is a keeper. It takes, on average, seven years for a lobster to reach its legal catch size (1-1 1/4 pounds)

Uniquely designed buoys are used to identify a specific lobsterman's traps

Uniquely designed buoys are used to identify a specific lobsterman's traps

First haul of the day

First haul of the day

Portland Head Light seen from the water

Portland Head Light seen from the water

Lobster buoy in the distance in Casco Bay

Lobster buoy in the distance in Casco Bay

Captain Tom Martin has been lobstering for more than 25 years

Captain Tom Martin has been lobstering for more than 25 years

Freshly caught Maine lobster

Freshly caught Maine lobster

Maine chefs and lobsterman Tom Martin aboard the Lucky Catch in Casco Bay

Maine chefs and lobsterman Tom Martin aboard the Lucky Catch in Casco Bay

All photos/art by Sadie Dayton

Experience real Maine lobstering aboard the boat, Lucky Catch, in Casco Bay by watching this slide show of photographs. Click on the main picture to advance the Maine lobster slideshow.

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