Lobster Man

Off the coasts of New Zealand, a friend sent me this photo. I wish I was there, fresh crayfish, they called it. New Zealand rock lobsters found around our coastline and offshore islands, are referred to as “crayfish”, a name more correctly applied to freshwater species.

Lobster manNew Zealand has two common species of rock lobster: the red or spiny rock lobster and the green or packhorse rock lobster.

The packhorse, the world’s largest rock lobster, can be as large as 60 cm and 15 kg. Red rock lobster are generally smaller, but have been measured at 54 cm overall length and weighing over 8 kg.