Shipping and Care of Maine Lobsters

Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. is your source for certified fresh Maine lobster. We purchase the finest seafood from over 40 local fishermen right at Cape Porpoise Pier. Maine lobster is well-known for being the sweetest and most flavorful lobster of all.


When buying lobster, it is important to be sure that it is fresh. Eating lobster that is not fresh can be dangerous and may cause you to get sick. Lobsters and other shellfish have bacteria present in their flesh. Once the lobster is dead, these bacteria can rapidly multiply and release toxins that may not be destroyed by cooking.


To ensure that your lobster is delivered fresh Cape Porpoise has a very specific packaging method guaranteed to keep your lobster cool and fresh when it arrives. Once caught, we freeze our lobsters. During shipping, our lobsters are wrapped in seaweed. Seaweed helps to keep lobsters fresh by providing a moist, salty layer to mimic elements of seawater. Most companies use paper to cut down costs but seaweed is the best method for preserving live lobsters.


The reason you should purchase Cape Porpoise Maine lobster, as opposed to local grocery store lobster is that many grocery store lobsters are not fresh. Many grocery stores ship their lobsters in large crates, then place them in a tank that circulates saltwater. When buying lobsters from the grocery store you have no real way of knowing how long the lobster has been in the tank. Grocery stores may keep lobsters for weeks. While in this tank the lobsters are not fed and may even resort to eating each other for food.

Prepping lobster to cook

Shipping and Care of Maine Lobsters

After receiving your order of fresh Maine lobster there are certain steps you must take to ensure that your lobster remains delicious and fresh after you have cooked it.


It is best to cook your lobster as soon as it arrives but if you must store it, it will last for a day or two. When storing live lobster remember not to put it in fresh water. Freshwater will kill your lobster and make it inedible. Instead of storing the lobster in water, wrap it in damp newspapers and then place it in a brown paper bag and store it in your refrigerator. Wrapping the lobster in damp newspaper or seaweed will help keep it alive and keep it from moving around too much. Keep the lobster on the bottom shelf of your fridge to avoid contaminating any other food. Remember to handle your lobster carefully and only pick it up by the middle base of its body. Do not pick a lobster up by its head or tail. Also, do not remove the rubber band around the lobster’s claw until you are ready to cook it. If you remove the rubber bands while the lobster is still alive it will pinch you.


When your lobster arrives, it should be cold to the touch, this is an easy way to tell if your lobster is fresh. The cold puts lobsters in a dormant state so don’t worry if they aren’t moving much. You may notice your lobster begin to move more once it is removed from the packaging.


When ordering a lobster, it is important to consider the size you will realistically eat. You don’t want to waste any meat so be sure to check the weight before you purchase. The average person will eat about two pounds of lobster meat so you can use that to establish what size and quantity of lobster to buy.


Established in the early 1970s, Cape Porpoise is dedicated to providing high-quality seafood with excellent service. In addition to lobsters we sale crab cakes, haddock chowder, clam chowder and more. If you want to taste authentic Maine seafood, visit our website or call us at 1(800)-967-4268