Trevor Corson's (old) Lobster Blog

This is the old Lobster Blog of Trevor Corson, author of the worldwide pop-science bestseller The Secret Life of Lobsters. This blog is no longer active; it serves as an archive of Trevor's posts on lobsters from 2004-2006. Visit Trevor at his new website,

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Lobster Meets Lassie

Canine friends, rejoice! For decades, dogs have been missing out. No longer.

Other flavors
also available:
Lamb Meal &
Rice; Peanut
"Lobster Bisque-its let canine companions enjoy seafood" runs the headline of a recent article in the Bangor Daily News. The University of Maine's Lobster Institute has perfected a technique for extracting leftover meat from lobster shells.

"Typically," the article says, "when lobsters are processed, only the meat from the tail, claws, and knuckles are used.

"'The rest is sent to the landfill or used for lower-end types of applications, like compost,' Cathy Billings of the Lobster Institute explained. 'We wanted to to find a more profitable way for the industry to use that part of the lobster during the processing stages.'"

The Lobster Institute first considered a snack aimed at people. For example: lobster breakfast cereal. But the extracted lobster meal was "mushy, gray, [and] pasty."


The "bisque-its" are on sale from Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., for $4.99 for a four-pound bag.

I can certainly think of one event where they would be required eating: the Los Angeles Lobster Pet Parade.

Hungry? Ruff.


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