Gulf of Maine — Alarming preliminary results from a new study commissioned by federal scientist shows Maine lobsters are moving further east, as lobster from places like New York and Connecticut take over southern waters.
“We’ve never seen mass gentrification of lobster habitat like this before,” lead researcher Karl Kingsburg said.
“Maine lobster spend most of their lives on the rugged bottom beneath Maine’s frigid waters. But they face increase habitat competition from lobsters with much deeper pockets.”
The new lobsters are “putting tremendous strain on the natural Maine lobster habitat.”
When the new lobsters move in, they set about establishing themselves through community initiatives, taking over leadership roles, essentially changing the rules and making costs too high for native Maine lobsters to survive.
“These newer lobsters often consider the natural habitat of the Maine lobster filthy, almost beneath them, so they set about changing it to better suit their needs. ”
The unusual habits include socialization, as well.
“Maine lobster are sometimes accepted by the new breeds, until they’re no longer useful to them, after which the new breeds will gradually cease interactions and seethe with contempt at the mere sight of a Maine lobster.”
Stranger still, the lobsters from away will often try to live as a Maine lobster.
“They usually give that up once the snow flies,” Kingsburg said.