Lobstermen and -women in Maine report that they are hauling in “shedders”—the soft-shell lobsters that have abandoned their hard outer covering—much earlier than usual this year. The process of shedding occurs naturally, biologists say, but not usually in the spring, and above-average water temperatures may have something to do with behavior this year. The soft-shell lobsters drew in lower prices—about $2 less per pound—for the lobstermen, but some in Maine say they plan to capitalize on tourists’ love of lobster rolls over Memorial Day weekend. The sweeter meat is well suited for the Pine Tree State delicacy.
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