Believe it or not, it looks cruel but it is not! For preserving lobsters, we always pack the lobsters in dry sawdust. The sawdust reduces air movement around the lobsters. It stops them getting too dry. Dry sawdust also helps to keep the lobsters cool. If you pack lobsters in sawdust, only about ten in every hundred will die on a journey twenty hours long.
The sawdust must come from timber which will not change the colour or taste of the lobsters. Sawdust from a light-coloured softwood is best. The lobster is placed on a thin layer of sawdust. Them as you can see, covered lightly with another layer of sawdust and a second layer of lobsters on top of the first layer and cover them with sawdust in the same way.