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May 13, 2007 05:28 PM

What Was In My Wife's Lobster??

Hey Hounds.

Last night we had lobsters for dinner. Fresh steamed in my kitchen of course.
Anyway, when my wife tore the body from the tail, she found this huge black....thing... inside it. It ran most of the length of the thorax and just into the tail.

Any idea of what it was??

It was boy lobster if that's any help.


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  1. Doggone it, just when I had almost worked up enough nerve to eat my first lobster in 53 years of life on this earth....

    Did she eat it?

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    1. re: Jimmy Buffet

      She ate the lobster. No problems. Tasted great.
      It was like a large black liver or something.

      JB you should just go ahead and try one. They're awesome. Nothing like a food fresh as it can possibly be.


      1. re: Davwud

        I just have a hard time getting past the fact that they are more than kissin' cousins to insects.

    2. Hmmm...definitely a male lobster, huh?

      I've seen black jelly-like stuff when I've parboiled a female lobster with roe or "coral" (this turns red when it is fully cooked).

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      1. re: Rubee

        It didn't have the feathery legs thingies. They were the harder spikier ones.
        Perhaps it had a full stomach of something.
        It didn't affect that taste and it was some sort of sac or something. You could remove it all in one piece.


        1. re: Davwud

          This is so curious, I'm intrigued. Yep, definitely a male.

          The stomach/head sac/grain sac is found behind the lobster's eyes/mouth, so that couldn't be it. Not the liver/tomalley because that is green.

          Maybe some unusual blockage of the thin tube-like digestive tract/intestine, since a "huge black thing" like a sac is different than a dark vein. But then again, the intestine runs all the way down the tail, not "the length of the thorax and just into the tail". Hmm...

          1. re: Rubee

            definitely poop...sorry to say it.

            1. re: bac528

              that's what I was going to say... you know, like shrimp.

      2. Q: What is the black vein in the tail and should you remove it before you eat the tail?

        A: The black vein in the tail is the intestine, which is part of the digestive system. Even though it will not harm you, yes you should remove it before you eat the tail.

        1. Are you sure it was a male lobster, because the roe in female lobsters will be bright orange-red and firm when cooked. If it is a dark greenish-black, with an oily tar-like consistency, the lobster is under cooked.

          1. Sounds like some sort of digestive was waste material!!