National Lobster Day

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Do you feel your antennae twitching with excitement? That can only mean one thing: It's National Lobster Day! An annual sensation that has seen its popularity surge much like the tide, National Lobster Day serves up a tasty treat for foodies and ocean-lovers alike. Are you ready to dive into this delightful day and see what it's all about? Let's get cracking!

When is Lobster Day?

It's national lobster day on the 15th June.

A Pinch of History

National Lobster Day has seen a considerable rise in internet traffic over the years, bubbling up to an impressive peak with 13,129 mentions on June 15th, 2015. From lobster rolls on the east coast to lobster bisque in a quaint café, this day has clawed its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of many!

Sailing into Recognition

But why do these delectable crustaceans have a whole day dedicated to them? The origins of National Lobster Day aren't fully known but what we do know is that the power of the internet and the love for lobsters have turned this day into a shell-abration that can't be ignored.

Drop Anchor and Dine

On National Lobster Day, many restaurants mark the occasion with lobster specials, so shell out on a good time with loved ones and make a splash with a seafood feast! Lobster-themed events and cooking classes are commonplace on this day, with enthusiasts pinching the opportunity to know their Atlantic from their Rock lobster.

A Tidal Wave of Support

But it's not all butter and bibs. National Lobster Day is also an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about sustainable fishing practices and the impact of climate change on our beloved lobster species. So, remember to be a responsible lobster-lover on this day and every day.

History behind the term 'Lobster'


The First Recorded Use

The term 'lobster' was first recorded in 1610 by English writer Samuel Purchas in his book 'Purchas His Pilgrimage.' He referred to this creature as a 'lobster' which was derived from the Old English word 'loppestre.'


Scientific Classification

In 1758, Swedish botanist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus introduced a systematic approach to classify living organisms. He categorized the lobster under the scientific name Homarus vulgaris, which is still used today to refer to the European lobster species.

19th Century

Rise in Culinary Popularity

During the 19th century, the popularity of lobsters as a culinary delicacy soared. Improved transportation systems, such as the expansion of railroads and the invention of lobster tanks, allowed for the live transportation of lobsters to distant markets. This increased availability made lobsters more accessible to a wider audience.

Early 20th Century

Lobster as Symbol of Wealth

In the early 20th century, lobsters gained a reputation as a luxury food item associated with wealth and indulgence. This perception was partly due to their rarity and high demand. Lobsters became a symbol of class and status, often served at extravagant parties and fine dining establishments.

Mid-20th Century

Lobster Dishes in Popular Culture

In the mid-20th century, lobsters started appearing in popular culture, further solidifying their image as a desirable food. They were prominently featured in movies like 'Annie Hall' (1977) and 'The Great Escape' (1963), which showcased lobster-centric dishes and added to their allure.

Modern Era

Culinary Versatility and Sustainability

In the modern era, lobsters have become synonymous with luxury dining experiences and are celebrated for their culinary versatility. From lobster bisque to lobster rolls, people around the world savor various lobster-based dishes. Additionally, there is a growing focus on sustainable fishing practices to protect lobster populations and ensure their availability for future generations.

Did you know?

Did you know that lobsters aren't just gastronomic delights but also contribute significantly to several marine ecosystems. They are known as 'engineers' of the sea floor, reshaping the seabed with their burrows and creating habitats for other marine animals!


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First identified

12th June 2015

Most mentioned on

15th June 2015

Total mentions


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