The Florida Keys is home to more than 100,000 of these commonly seen rectangular wooden lobster traps. Don’t bother looking, I’ve found the LARGEST one in the entire Keys sitting ON TOP OF A SHED beside a building! This human-sized lobster trap stands nearly a whopping 6′ tall and 10′ wide. Though its size is gargantuan, it still wouldn’t be able to contain the largest lobster in the Keys which is four times its size! Yes boys & girls, I’ll let you know where to find this creepy crustacean in an upcoming blog so don’t touch that clicker!
Now for todays dose of history & knowledge building: The lobster trap was invented in 1808 by Ebenezer Scrooge… ok, it’s actually Ebenezer Thorndike of Swampscott, Massachusetts. A piece of bait, often fish or chum, is placed inside the trap, and the traps are dropped onto the sea floor. A long rope is tethered to each trap, at the end of which is a plastic or styrofoam buoy that bears the owner’s license number. The entrances to the traps are designed to be one-way entrances only… as the old saying goes “You can check-in but can never check-out”. The traps are checked every other day by the fisherman and rebaited if necessary.
You can find this massive sized lobster trap atop the Cudjoe Sales storage shed roadside on US-1 South at Mile Marker 22.6 oceanside above the fence. PS – Don’t jump in, you won’t be able to get out! I take that back, that would make a GREAT blog! 🙂